The Maha Bandula Park is a public park located in downtown of Yangon, bounded by Maha Bandula Garden Street, Konthe Road, Maha Bandula Road. This park is surrounded by some of the important buildings in the area such as the Sule Pagoda, Yangon City Hall, the High Court, and other colonial buildings. There is also the Immanuel Baptist Church, the Mosque and the Hindu temple around this park. Therefore, most of Myanmar citizens regard this area as the convergent of four religions.
The park was formerly named Fitch Square or Fytche Square, which was after the English trader Ralph Fitch. After independence, the park was renamed to honour General Thado Mahabandoola, a Burmese hero who conquered Assam and died in action in the First Anglo-Burmese War in 1824. The Maha Bandula Park was last reformed in 2012. The Maha Bandula park has the independence monument in it and is the park’s most notable Monument, a 165ft white obelisk surrounded by two concentric circles of lions. This park is a public park for local people to hang out and for tourists to take pictures of the monument. Also, the tea house is just around the corner.
If you are seeking out “green spaces” within Yangon, this place is the perfect place to relax, unwind and breathe some fresh air without having to leave the city itself. This park is a popular place to visit, especially at the weekend. All ages people can sit, lie down or relax on its lush green floor and also families can enjoy time together with a relaxing picnic. In the early morning, you can enjoy with your family or friends around the Maha Bandula Park. Some people are walking and running with a pet, can see all age groups are doing regular physical exercise or activity. Some kids are playing in the park. In the evening, the people who return from work can relax and meet with friends and family. You can take a breath fresh air and you can also create your memorable time. The park is covered with green trees so the air is fresher with more oxygen. There is also a good children’s playground so it is great for young children who just love to play and roam freely in open green spaces and can escape from the dusty city. Besides Maha Bandula Park, there is a street market. So you can enjoy some traditional food when you are hungry. There is also a map at the north end of the park so you can get your bearings and find other sites to see.
There is no need to pay any entrance fees for Maha Bandula Park for local visitors but for the foreigners, there is a 500 Kyat entrance fee. The park usually opens at 5:30 in the morning and closes at 6:30 in the evening. Maha Bandula Park is definitely a nice place to get away from the traffic and noises of the city and it provides a nice green space in the heart of downtown.