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Chinatown in Yangon, da-yout te-tam in Burmese, was created when the British began expanding the city in the 1850s. It is situated downtown just west of Sule Pagoda. Here the Chinese of the city built their community, the Hokkein living along the Strand Road, while the Cantonese lived mainly down Mahabandoola Road. Although the Yangon Chinatown disappointingly features no friendship arch, there is still much here to excite sinophiles. A score of Chinese businesses are located throughout the streets and there are numerous shops selling Chinese films, books and music.

Perhaps of more interest to the average tourist in Chinatown Yangon is the plentitude of food stalls set up on the streets offering traditional Chinese cuisine. There are established Chinese restaurants here as well, and a visit to this part of town during Chinese New Year or any other Chinese festival will be a technicolored and memorable experience. Chinatown also incorporates the infamous 19th Street Yangon, full of classic Myanmar beer shops with a Chinese twist, where locals and foreigners rub shoulders drinking draught beer and ordering barbequed fingerfood. Free or ribaldry and smut, this street is one of the most boisterous quarters of Yangon nightlife.

Keen to visit Yangon’s Chinatown? Favourite this page by clicking on the star to the right of the page heading. Chinatown will then be saved to your account when you come to Build Your Journey.

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