INYA LAKE

Inya Lake is Yangon’s largest and a popular spot for locals and tourists

To read about my visit to Inya Lake, visit the blog here: Of Tropical Diseases and Beautiful Lakes

For all the high-resolution photos from Inya Lake: Click Here

Entrance Fee: Free for both foreigners and locals

Visiting Hours: The lake is “open” daily but best from 6:00am until around 8:00pm

Location: Between the Bahan-Tamwe Townships of Yangon, it is located on Shwegondaing Road and across the street from the Ngahtatgyi Pagoda and northeast of the Shwedagon Pagoda

Inya Lake


Inya Lake’s history is a shared one with the country of which it resides. Before the country gained its independence from the British in 1948, it was formerly known as Lake Victoria of Rangoon, Burma. Nowadays, Inya Lake of Yangon, Myanmar, is a popular place among Yangonites for everything from hitting golf balls to jogging and running to serving as a romantic spot of which young couples take their dates.

Inya Lake is an artificial lake and the largest in all of Yangon. Built as a water reservoir in 1882, the British saw its humble purpose as only supplying water to the then-capital Rangoon. The lake was formed by joining small hills that surrounded small local creeks which formed naturally during the annual 4-month long Southeast Asian monsoon season. A series of pipes and cables distributed water from Inya Lake south to Kandawgyi Lake (formerly Royal Lake) near the downtown area.

 

Inya Lake

Located just north of downtown Yangon, Inya Lake is surrounded by four major roadways: Parami Road to the North, Pyay Road to the West, University Road to the South and Kabar Aye Pagoda Road to the East. Its central location saw it become one of the many focal points of political and social unrest. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and advocate for Democracy as well as head of the National League for Democracy party, was kept under house arrest for two decades at her compound located on the southern side of the lake. In 1988, following the killing of two students during pro-democracy demonstrations, students marching on Prome Road (now Pyay Road) were confronted near Inya Lake by the Lon Htein security force riot police and many were beaten to death or drowned.

Nowadays, Inya Lake feels like a different world to the one known in the past. Some of the most exclusive housing in all of Myanmar is located on its shores, as well as many hotels, restaurants, parks and even a driving range. A perfect place for date nights for young couples (not complete without an umbrella to keep out prying eyes), many Yangonites attend dancing classes, musical events, sports events and more. Food stalls are abundant while small games of barefoot football (soccer for us Yanks) can be found on any free spaces.

 

 

Inya Lake

Inya Lake

A couple great places to check out on the lake are the Sein Lan So Pyay Garden and restaurant, offering a romantic spot for evening meals and/or a place to take children to play in the park.  Another spot is the Pyay Road side of the lake, with dancing classes, pick-up football games, perfectly-kept levy with plenty of space to lay about and soak up the sun and more. The northern side of the lake offers the aforementioned driving range and walking path. It takes about two hours to circle the lake on foot.

To the south, the Yangon Sailing Club offers swimming, sailing and rowing are activities. The Inya Lake Hotel is a bit tricky to get to but for those that make it, there is a nice bar inside the hotel along with a dance club of the same name. For those looking for lodging, the rather pricy Marina Residence is located on the Kabar Aye Pagoda Road on the east side of the lake. A public park on the southwestern bank by Yangon University has much of the shoreline.

 

Inya Lake

Inya Lake

Located next to Yangon University, the 37-acre park is most well known as a romantic dating area for the university students and is chronicled many times over in Burmese popular culture (novels, movies, songs, etc).

For those looking for a bit of exercise, Yangon’s number one health club Balance Fitness Center, sits on University Road on the corner of Thalwin Road. Six-month and Annual memberships are available and the club offers some of the best classes in Myanmar, featuring Yoga, Zumba, Spinning, Crossfit, Fight Club and more.

Inya Lake

Inya Lake

Inya Lake

 Inya Lake

Inya Lake

Inya Lake

Inya Lake

To read about my visit to Inya Lake, visit the blog here: Of Tropical Diseases and Beautiful Lakes

For all the high-resolution photos from Inya Lake: Click Here

Resources:

Inya Lake Wiki

Go-Myanmar Inya Lake

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