|1 hours 30 mins|
|09:00 AM - 12:00 PM|
Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is good for
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Why Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is special ?
The synagogue was primarily built for the growing population of Baghdadi Jews who came from Bene Israel and the Middle East and also for the Cochini Jews who came to Burma from India during the colonial times. The plot was initially allotted by the British government and after Burma’s independence an extension was provided by the nation.
Before the start of the Second World War, the number of Jews in the country was more than 2500. A number of them left the country after the Japanese occupied the land. Even more followed when the Burmese army gained power in 1962. Though a second synagogue called Beth El came up much later in 1932, this age old structure continues to be a popular site and one of the important manifestations of Jewish faith in the country.
What to explore at Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue?
Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is located right from the busy lane off 26th Street in central Yangon. Nowadays, this is the only Jewish house in Myanmar. The building was constructed in the 1890s to serve the 2,500 Jews, who migrated here from the Middle East. After the invasion of Japanese in World War II, the Jews were forced to escape from Burma and settle in other countries.
Today, there are only 20 Jews living in Yangon. The synagogue has kept its quaint blue-colour colonial-style facade. The high ceiling, graceful columns and the Star of David make the interior spacious. Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is a special place where Burmese, Hindus and Muslims co-exist happily and peacefully.
How to get to Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue?
Taxis are the most popular – and generally easiest – way for foreigners to get around Yangon. No matter what time of day, they are easy to track down and generally cheap, although you should beware the traffic, which can get very heavy (particularly around evening rush hour).
Taxis cost from K1,500 for short journeys in the downtown area to K3000 for longer trips within the city (up to K5,000 for the airport). Most – though not all – Yangon taxi drivers speak some English. To find out more, go to getting around Myanmar by taxi and car.
- Beautiful temple inside
- Meaningful piece of Jewish history
- A touching experience
- A Place of Religious Freedom
- Fascinating synagogue
26th St Yangon Myanmar (Burma)
Tips for you
Hidden away on a side street is a very well maintained and beautiful Synagogue. We were greeted by the trustee Mr. Samuels who explained the history of the Synagogue and Jewish life in Yangon. It is definitely worth a visit to this wonderful building and meeting Mr. Samuels.