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City Art Guide: Yangon

ByTina Rim
City Art Guide: Yangon

Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar. Framing the skyline are British colonial architecture and sacred Buddhist pagodas. The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the wonders of the religious world. Also known as the golden pagoda, it is a glistening stupa that attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims every year. 

Shwedagon Paya
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Quick Tips

Getting around Yangon is not the easiest thing if you don't have your route already planned. Downtown Yangon is walkable, and also the best way to taken in all that Yangon has to offer. For less accessible destinations, the most popular way of getting from place to place is by taxi. They are easy to hail and generally cheap, but make sure you have the address of your destination written down in Burmese to ease communication. 

The best time to go is in the cool season between November and February. 

Commercial Galleries

Nawaday Tharlar Art Gallery
Image courtesy of The Culture Trip

Nawaday Tharlar Art Gallery (Yaw Min Gyi Rd, Building No. 20B, Room No. 304) is located in the heart of Yangon, and is dedicated to creating a platform for young emerging artists in the Burmese community. 


Image courtesy of New Zero Art Space

New Zero Art Space (No. 202, 2nd Floor, United Condo, Ah Lan Pya Pagoda Rd, Dagon Township) is a non - profit art organization and art library that supports local contemporary art and provides opportunities for young local artists by running art education programs and a residency program. 


Image courtesy of KZL Studio and Gallery

KZL ART Studio and Gallery (184/84A Golden Hill Ave, Thanlwin Rd) was founded by Khin Zaw Latt and his wife Ohmmar in 2012. The gallery represents the artworks of both established and emerging artists. Part of the profits from the gallery go to Bamboo School, a non-profit education programme for village children. 


Image courtesy of New Treasure Art Gallery

New Treasure Art Gallery (84 Thanlwin Rd) was co-founded by ten artists.  Today, it is managed by Min Wae Aung, a contemporary Burmese Artist whose art is strongly connected to Burmese culture and Buddhist philosophy. The gallery consists of two spaces, and also has a selection of books and other informative materials. 


Image courtesy of The Culture Trip

Anawmar Art Gallery (Sooniram Park 18A, Thukhawaddy Rd) exhibits art from as early as the 20th century up till today. Founded by Nay Myo Say, an artist whose work is characterised by both tradition and modernity. The gallery also has a room dedicated to his art.


Image courtesy of Gallery 65

Gallery 65 (No.65 Yaw Min Gyi Rd, Dagon Tsp.) was established in 2010, and  and has been a stand out in the Burmese art scene since then.  Housed in an old colonial teak house, it contains paintings, sculpture, as well as photography works. Some artists that have exhibitied here are Khin Maung Yin and Tin Maung Win. 


Images courtesy of Pansodan Art Gallery

Pansodan Art Gallery (286 Pansodan St, 1st Floor (Upper Blk), Kyauktada) showcases art by both emerging artists as well as older masters, and is visited by locals and foreigners alike. In addition, people gather every Tuesday night to talk about art and culture - a great place to meet and share with people! 


Image courtesy of MATHAF

Myanm/art (3rd Floor, 98 Bo Galay Zay St) isn’t just an art gallery. It is also a a vast library, and an event space for musical concerts, poetry readings, life drawing sessions, lectures, and more. The gallery focuses on emerging contemporary Burmese artists. 


Image courtesy of River Gallery

River Gallery (Chindwin Chambers, 33/35, 37th & 38th St) was found by Gill Pattison, a New Zealander resident in Yangon. Aiming to support emerging artists who were isolated from the global art scene and under a heavy censorship regime, he committed to exposing them to a wider market, partnering with overseas galleries to organize annual shows abroad for its artists. 

Image courtesy of Myanmore

Lokanat Galleries (No.62 Pansodan St, Kyauktada Township 11182) is a non-profit organization that exhibits both contemporary and academic art. It has two halls, each presenting the different eras of art. 


Museums / Non-Profit Institutions

Image courtesy of TTG Asia

The National Museum of Myanmar (66/74 Pyay Rd, Dagon Township) was founded in 1952, and is a five-storey museum with a vast collection of ancient artifacts, art, ornaments, inscriptions and relics, related to  the history and culture of Burmese people. 


Image courtesy of Myanmore

The Secretariat (Maha Bandula Rd) is one of Yangon’s most well-known heritage buildings. It was designed by British architect Henry Hoyne-Fox, and now hosts pop-up art exhibitions in its hallowed halls, such as the inaugural exhibition of works by German artist Wolfgang Laib.


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