Yangon Heritage Walk

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Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Budget

Tour Period: Afternoon / Morning

4 hours    Russian, French, Spanish, English, German    Yangon

tour highlights

  • Admire the European influences of the City Hall
  • Walk down Strand Road, seeing the New Law Courts, the Custom House, and Port Authority
  • Appreciate intricate carvings and decorations
  • Learn about Yangon's architectural history

tour details

Walk through some of the most important sites in all of Myanmar on this engaging walking tour. You’ll start at the City Hall, right in the centre of town. The giant tiered roofs and unique architecture will amaze, as will that of the former Immigration Department nearby. Next, you’ll continue to the High Court, a prime example of the Grand Imperial style. After admiring the court, you’ll continue to Strand Road, which houses the three-storey former New Law Courts, the 1916 Custom House, and the Art Deco period Myanmar Port Authority. Many of these buildings have notable carvings along their facades. Your trip will continue past the General Post Office and end at the sumptuous Strand Hotel, now over 100 years old. Refreshments served at the bar will conclude your journey.

Why choose this tour?

  • Uncovering the most stunning sites of Yangon with interesting historical background, stunning architectures and colourful urban areas
  • Walking in the bustling streets of Yangon as you occassionally meet the friendly locals

tour description

Yangon's heritage buildings are all located in the down town area: Yangon City Hall, located at the heart of the colonial-era city. Built in 1936 by Myanmar architect U Tin, it is a massive building with traditional tiered roofs, a combination of European design and engineering technology with traditional Myanmar flourishes. Nearby is the former Immigration Department. This building was designed in 1910 to be the country's most upmarket department store, Rowe & Company. With its corner tower and top-floor balconettes, the structure retains an air of its former opulence. Proceed to the High Court, a 1911 brick building designed an outstanding example of the grand Imperial style.
Continue to Strand Road, home to the three-storey former New Law Courts, built in 1931 with an imposing colonnade of Ionic columns. Next stop is the 1916 Custom House, a large building with an elegant white tower and double-faced clock above the entrance. The Art Deco period Myanmar Port Authority is noted for its imposing square corner tower, wave-inspired stuccowork, and bas-relief sculptures of sailing vessels. The former Irrawaddy Flotilla Company's graceful white building and colonnaded fa'e7ade is another landmark. Walk past the red brick General Post Office to the luxurious Strand Hotel, built in 1901 by the Sarkies brothers, Armenian hoteliers. Here you will enjoy well-earned refreshments in the Bar.

customise the tour

  • Combine with half day Yangon excursion
  • Unlimited photo opportunity during the tour


  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Transfer from/to hotel
  • Refreshments (non-alcoholic) in the Strand Bar
  • English speaking local tour guide (other language guides are available on request)
  • Filtered drinking water and wet towels during the tour


  • Meals


  • Please note there will be supplement during the water festival period from 13-17 April. Price to be advised on request.
Tour code: EXYHYHWB

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