Culture

Yangon represents a blend of Myanmar tradition, British colonial heritage and contemporary innovation in the arts, resulting in a unique, unparalleled urban culture.

Pagodas & Temples

Tree-lined boulevards crisscross the city between gilded stupas and hallowed monasteries filled with venerated Buddhist art and burgundy-robed monks.

City Heritage Walks

Tour the historic district to learn about Yangon’s fascinating development from Mon settlement to colonial capital to independent commercial center.

With its stately heritage architecture, glittering Buddhist pagodas, colorful markets, parks, lakes and long riverfront, Yangon offers plenty to see and experience. Although no longer the country's official capital, Yangon remains Myanmar’s largest and most economically and culturally important city, and as such most reflects the changes that have occurred since the country reopened to the world. Yet in many ways Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, has hardly changed at all. Shwedagon Pagoda, an awe-inspiring golden Buddhist monument around which everything else revolves, remains the spiritual and social heart of the city. Radiating out from Shwedagon, wide avenues lead to more pagodas, shrines and temples, along with the parks and lakes that provide Yangonites with an escape from urban bustle. Surrounding Rosewood Yangon is downtown Yangon, home to some of the most impressive heritage architecture in all Southeast Asia, along with lively markets, art galleries, bars and restaurants.

PAGODA

Shwedagon Pagoda

Visible from almost anywhere in Yangon, this is one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites. The 99-meter-tall zedi, or stupa, adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf and thousands of diamonds and other gems, is believed to enshrine eight hairs of the Gautama Buddha as well as the relics of three former Buddhas. Four long, graceful entrance stairways lead to the main terrace which, depending on the time of day you visit, can be quiet and contemplative or bustling. If you prefer serenity, then visit in the cool of dawn. Otherwise, pay your respects when the golden stupa flames crimson and burnt orange in the setting sun.

Shwedagon Pagoda is four kilometers from Rosewood Yangon. Taxi or hotel limo is the most convenient means of transport.

Botahtaung Pagoda

Botahtaung Pagoda’s spacious riverfront location gives it a down-to-earth spiritual feeling. Its original feature is the dazzling zigzag corridor, gilded from floor to ceiling, which snakes its way around the hollow interior of the 40-meter-tall golden zedi, or stupa. Also, look out for a bronze Buddha that once resided in the royal palace in Mandalay and a large pond full of hundreds of terrapin turtles.

Botahtaung Pagoda stands at the corner of Strand and Botahtaung Pagoda Roads. Taxi or hotel limo is the most convenient means of transport. Please contact our concierge for directions.

Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda

Housed in a large metal-roofed shed, this beautiful 65-meter-long reclining Buddha is hardly publicized at all, even though it’s larger than a similar well-known image in Bago. The statue’s placid face is topped by a crown encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones.

This site is on Shwegondine Road, about seven kilometers from the hotel. Taxi or hotel limo is the most convenient means of transport.