Yangon’s culture is diverse and fascinating, with a variety of attractions to prove it. The city is home to many beautiful pagodas, or payas. Known as the oldest and most important is the Shwedagon Pagoda, which dominates the skyline. You can’t afford to miss the Shwedagon, but there are others worth checking out too. The Sule Paya isn’t as big, but it’s thought to be just as old. Botataung Paya, situated on the Yangon River, might not be as impressive as the Shwedagon, but its stupa is hollow and visitors are allowed inside to see the relics. You should also stop by the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda to see the famous giant reclining Buddha. For a different religious experience, visit the beautifully preserved Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, Burma’s only synagogue, left over from the colonial era. Another great way to take in Yangon’s vibrant culture is by exploring the Bogyoke Aung San Market, where you can buy antiques or handcrafted goods, and watch locals go about their daily business. When you want a break from the bustling city, head for one of Yangon’s beautiful parks. Kandawgyi Lake might be artificial, and it isn’t Yangon’s largest, but it offers a view of the Karaweik, a magnificent replica of a Burmese royal barge. The Yangon Zoo is also on Kandawgyi Lake, so stop by to visit the huge variety of animals living there. There’s a lot to see in Yangon, and you won’t want to miss any of it.