Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Attraction 26th St Yangon Myanmar (Burma) Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
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Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is the only place where Jewish can make their worship in Myanmar. This Jewish Synagogue blends with a number of traders from different faiths at the surroundings.

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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.


Selling points

  • Beautiful temple inside
  • Meaningful piece of Jewish history
  • A touching experience
  • A Place of Religious Freedom
  • Fascinating synagogue

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Tips for you

  • You should read the history of the Jews inside and talk to the man who looks after the place - he is very happy to have a chat and show you around.
    Things to do
  • There is a balcony for the ladies as separate male and female seatings are done.
  • The cross streets are filled with people from India and with Muslims. It provides a very interesting sub-cultural view of Yangon.
    What to see
  • To enter the building you need to find the bell and be persistent as the caretaker is likely to be on the upper floors and you are on the street as there is a heavy steel gate for security reasons.
  • The best time to come here is in the morning.
  • Saturdays and other holy days open until evening.
  • Admission is free but donations are appreciated. You can make a donation if you want to help support this remote corner of the diaspora.
  • It is close to Chinatown, you shouldn't miss it.
    Things nearby


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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.

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