Near the congestion of Chinatown sits Maha Bandula Park, one of the few open green spaces in the downtown area. With its lush lawn, magnificent trees, and several water fountains, it offers a pleasant, pastoral spot to admire British colonial architecture, most of which dates back to the mid-19th century. Take a break from modern, busy Yangon with a cup of tea or a cooling lime soda.
This Colonial Quarter’s buildings are quite distinctive from the rest of the Yangon – the lavender-white plaster veneer of the city hall building dominates the landscape. To the eastern side of the park is the Queen Anne-style high court building, whose red brick exterior complements the greenery of the park. Immanuel Baptist Church is between City Hall and the High Court is, a 200-year old testament to American missionaries. On the northwest side of the park, the golden spire of the ancient Sule Pagoda reminds visitors that they are, in fact, still in the Buddhist city of Yangon.