MYANMAR – Yangon – Explore Yangon Alley Gardens

Theme

Art & Culture, Classic, Family, Sustainable

Country - City

Myanmar - Yangon

Market segment

Groups, Thematic Leisure

Price Level

$

Max pax

50 persons

Seasonality

All Year Round - Best season is from September to March

Arrival city

Yangon

Departure city

Yangon

Description

Discover Yangon downtown in an original way! Behind the picturesque apartment buildings of Yangon, you will find some urban gems. All around town, you will find back alleys that have been rehabilitated as a safe public space for the local communities. Beautifully decorated with street art and street furniture, those back alleys are hidden gems in bustling downtown Yangon.

Selling points

  • A leisure walk around the downtown Yangon focusing on the urban projects of Doh Eain – a social enterprise that brings back alleys back to life for the community to use as a leisure space
  • A short itinerary which can be extended if travelers wish to discover more
  • A favorite of Yangon visitors with great opportunities to take beautiful pictures of the street art
  • A discovery of some lesser-known streets of downtown Yangon while staying central – around Sule Pagoda
  • An original way of discovering some hidden treasures of Yangon
  • Easy to add to a downtown walking tour to combine the history of heritage buildings with modern urban projects

Time And Transportation

From To Distance By Duration Road Condition
Sule Pagoda Alley 2 @ 31 street 220 meters Walk 3 minutes Good
 Alley 2 @ 31 street Alley 5 @ 35 street 220 meters Walk 9 minutes Good
Sule Pagoda Alley 5 @ 35 street 900 meters By Car 4 minutes Traffic

Duration

1-2 hour walk

The alleys close around 17:00

Min pax

1 person

Max pax

50 persons

How to sell it

  • Suitable to any profile: from families to couples and groups
  • Most suitable for travelers who like to explore the street arts in Myanmar
  • Easy to include as an addition to the downtown walking tour: the guide can include a few alleys on the way during a more classic downtown walking tours or focus on the alleys only
  • Suggest to GIT for an added value in their downtown program
  • Emphasize that the alleys are public spaces – it means some can be closed without notice for maintenance, in such a case, we will substitute with other alleys to show at least 3-4 different alleys during the walking tour

Why this activity

  • Suitable for very low budget travelers as there will be no extra charges to be paid for
  • An indirectly supportive program that encourages CSR activities
  • A different way to discover the city center of downtown Yangon: a chance to explore the back streets – the usually hidden parts
  • A chance to show a more trendy side of Yangon – the Yangon of today instead only focuses on history and heritage buildings!

Good to combine with

Yangon – Art Cocktail Hour (temporary internal only)

Yangon – Urban Sunset Cocktail

Yangon – Yangon Heritage Trust Walking Tour

Market suggestion

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Competitor comparison

Destination Asia, Exo & Khiri already contacted Doh Eain for their specific activities

Public spaces – free to access – anyone can go and spend time in the alleys

Pros

  • Zero expense
  • Suitable for very low budget travelers
  • An indirectly supportive program that encourages CSR activities
  • Flexible itinerary: can be easily combined with any other activities

Cons

  • Some alleys are dirty, and no further maintenance
  • Without any advance notice, some alleys might be closed and not possible to enter
  • Cannot visit after 17:00
  • Itinerary might change last minute depending on which alley is open, maintained or newly open

Information

Please kindly find Doh Eain Alleyways on the map and the whole routings of this itinerary.

  • Priority 1: Blue routing
  • Priority 2: Yellow routing
  • Priority 3: Red routing

List of Doh Eain Alleyways:

  1. Between Seikantha Street & 39 Street (Middle Block)
  2. Between 31 Street & 32 Street (Middle Block)
  3. Between Bosoonpat Street & 31 Street (Middle Block)
  4. Between Shwe Bon Thar Street & 29 Street (Upper Block)
  5. Between Mahabandula Park Street & 35 Street (Upper Block)
  6. Between 41 Street & 42 Street (Lower Block)
  7. Between 27 Street & 28 Street (Middle Block)
  8. Between 30 Street & Bosoonpat Street (Upper Block)

Highlighted alleys above are priority alleys according to the inspection done on 27 February, 2020.

  • Zero Budget Package
  • No need to pay any admission fees to enter the alleys
  • It is difficult to sell in the rainy season as it is less attractive to walk and wander around in the rain
  • Not suitable for guests who have mobility issues
  • Highly recommend to use the service of an Easia guide
  • If without Easia guide, please do make sure to give the map of the alleyways of Doh Eain and the whole routings of this itinerary

Opening hours:

  • Every day from 09:00 to 17:00
  • However, alleys might be locked by the local communities without any advance notice, and will not be possible to enter even during the opening hours

Important to note:

  • Need to inform the guests in advance that the alleyways mentioned in the itinerary might be closed by the local residents without any notice. In such cases, alternative alleyways are possible to visit, but the maintenance state and the cleanliness might vary from one alley to another as the alleyways are public spaces that are maintained by a team of volunteers and the local community.

Price range

2 USD per person

Quotation guideline

Zero budget package

Inclusion

Nothing – simply walking around

Exclusion

  • Guide fees
  • Transportation for the clients

Possible Extra

  • Guide fee
  • If without Easia guide, the printing cost of the map for the whole routings for the guests (for some cases)

Important notes

Please kindly find the Doh Eain Alleyways on the map and the whole routings of this itinerary.

  • Priority 1: Blue routing
  • Priority 2: Yellow routing
  • Priority 3: Red routing

List of Doh Eain Alleyways:

  1. Between Seikantha Street & 39 Street (Middle Block)
  2. Between 31 Street & 32 Street (Middle Block)
  3. Between Bosoonpat Street & 31 Street (Middle Block)
  4. Between Shwe Bon Thar Street & 29 Street (Upper Block)
  5. Between Mahabandula Park Street & 35 Street (Upper Block)
  6. Between 41 Street & 42 Street (Lower Block)
  7. Between 27 Street & 28 Street (Middle Block)
  8. Between 30 Street & Bosoonpat Street (Upper Block)

Highlighted alleys above are priority alleys according to the inspection done on 27 February, 2020.

  • No supplier needed, just a simple free walk around downtown areas of Yangon according to the program text
  • No need to book in advance and no admission fee is needed to pay to enter the alleys
  • Please do make sure to give the map of Doh Eain Alleys to our guide/ guests in case the mentioned alleys are closed:

Opening hours:

  • Every day from 09:00 to 17:00
  • However, alleys might be locked by the local communities without any advance notice, and will not be possible to enter even during the opening hours

Important to note:

  • The alleys mentioned in the itinerary might be closed by the local residents without any notice. In such cases, please advise nearby alternative alleyway, but do not forget to mention the maintenance state and the cleanliness that might vary from one alley to another.

Special Guide notes

Please call Doh Eain one day in advance or in the morning before the activity to confirm with them which alleys are in maintenance/closed to prepare the choice of itinerary in advance as best as possible.

In case the mentioned alley in the itinerary is closed, please lead our guests to another nearby alleyway according to this below priority list:

  • Priority 1: Blue routing
  • Priority 2: Yellow routing
  • Priority 3: Red routing

Please kindly find the Doh Eain Alleyways on the map and the whole routings of this itinerary here.

Different Choicess

Similar Activities:

Yangon – Art Walking Tour

Yangon – Artist’s Studio Tour (temporary internal only)

Yangon – Yangon Heritage Trust Walking Tour

Yangon – Yangon Heritage Walk with an Expert (temporary internal only)

Contact

Doh Eain:

  • Office Phone no: 09 421 028 872
  • No 112 41st St, Yangon

Email:

  • General inquiry: contact@doheain.com
  • Inquiry for special projects only: myrte@doheain.com
  • Myrte’s Phone no: 09 790 952 742 – Myrte Mijnders (Ms.) – Head of Awareness Raising & Capacity Building

English

Explore Yangon Alley Gardens

You will discover Yangon downtown in an original way! All around town you will find back alleys that have been rehabilitated as a safe public space for the local communities. Beautifully decorated with street art and street furniture, those back alleys are hidden gems in bustling downtown Yangon. You will start at Sule Pagoda and will walk on Mahabandoola Street until you reach 31st Street. Go up the street to discover the facing alleys of 31st and 32nd Street. Between apartment buildings, you will notice worn out gates that give access to the “alley gardens”. They often connect with neighboring streets. After visiting the streets, you will continue up until Anawratha and take a right turn. Climb the staircase to cross the busy crossroad and sneak a picture of the shiny Sule Pagoda, proudly standing in the heart of Yangon. You will walk to 35th street and take a left to discover another hidden alley. Once out of the alley, reach the top of the street and explore Mahabandoola Park Street, where you will visit your last urban project: a street entirely dedicated to Burmese cinema as a tribute to the nearby Waziya Cinema, a protected heritage building and one of the oldest cinemas of Myanmar.

Note: the alleys are public spaces which are maintained by a team of volunteers and the local community. The maintenance state and the cleanliness might vary from one alley to the other.

French

Découvrez les ruelles colorées de Yangon

Partez pour une découverte insolite des coulisses de Yangon! Au coeur du centre-ville, vous trouverez ici et là, cachées entre les immeubles, des ruelles aménagées comme des espaces publiques de loisir pour le voisinage. Ce projet est mené par Doh Eain, une entreprise sociale qui souhaite rendre à la communauté ses espaces urbains. Joliment décorées avec des fresques murales et du mobilier recyclé, ces “jardins urbains” sont des trésors cachés. Vous commencerez votre promenade à la pagode de Sule et prendrez Mahabandoola street, marchez jusqu’à la 31eme rue que vous remonterez jusqu’à apercevoir des grilles rouillées qui donnent acces à ces ruelles pas comme les autres. Elles débouchent généralement plus loin et connectent à d’autres rues. Continuez votre promenade au travers des ruelles de la 31eme et 32eme rue avant de rejoindre Anawratha et de prendre sur votre droite. Empruntez la passerelle qui vous permet de traverser le carrefour en toute tranquilité et faites un arret photo en face de la scintillante pagode Sule, se tenant fierement au centre de Yangon. Vous continuerez sur Anawratha jusqu’à la 35eme rue que vous remonterez tranquillement, l’acces à la prochaine ruelle se trouve vers le haut de la rue. Le dernier espace urbain que vous explorerez se cache en haut de Mahabandoola park street, à gauche de la 35eme rue. Cette ruelle est entierement dédiée au cinéma birman, en hommage à Wazyia Cinema, un des plus vieux cinemas du pays, à deux pas d’ici.

Remarque: les ruelles sont des lieux publics entretenues par une équipe de volontaires. L’état de properté des ruelles peut varier en fonction des saisons.