Kandawgyi Lake

Address: Kandawgyi Lake, Yangon, Myanmar

Located in the east of Shwedagon Pagoda, Kandawgyi Lake is more beautiful at dusk with the golden reflection of the pagoda. Kandawgyi Lake is an artificial lake built by the British colonial administration in order to supply the city with clean water. The water is channelled through a series of pipes from Inya Lake, the largest lake in Yangon.


Along the eastern shorelines of the lake is the famous landmark of Myanmar– the Karaweik Hall. The palace built in 1974 is a replica of a Burmese royal barge. The word “karaweik” comes from a mythical bird with a melodious cry called “karavika”. Viewing afar, it is like Shwedagon Pagoda is on the back of the mythical bird floating on Kandawgyi Lake. It represents luck and peace. The Karaweik Hall is now a buffet restaurant on the lake, providing traditional Burmese and international cuisines. Every night, the palace features performances of traditional music and dance as well as puppetry.