Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue Description:
The Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is the only remaining Jewish house of worship in Myanmar.
The social, economic, and political changes brought about under British Rule in Burma (Myanmar), 1824-1947, made Yangon one of the richest and most egalitarian cities in Southeast Asia.
The increasing numbers of Jews emigrating from Iraq, Israel, and southern India petitioned Yangon’s government to build a synagogue in 1854. The current structure, nestled in a colorful row of businesses housed in colonial buildings, replaced the original wooden structure in 1896.
The Jewish community numbered more than 2,000 people before the outbreak of World War II. The 1942 Japanese occupation of Burma led to a mass exodus, and after the 1962 Burmese military coup the Jewish population in Myanmar had all but disappeared.
Best Time to Visit Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue:
Yangon is temperate between November and May, and the clear skies and balmy weather make for great sightseeing in town. The rainy season starts in June and runs through October, and the increased rainfall helps alleviate high day time temperatures while resuscitating the city’s gorgeous colonial parks and lakes.
How to get to Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue:
The Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is a window into Yangon’s colonial past, and the city’s former international and egalitarian makeup played a vital role in Yangon’s modern development and culture.
Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue Highlights:
The Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is located in downtown Yangon. Guests on our luxury tours of Myanmar gain access to the historic religious center during their walking tours of central Yangon. Alternatively, the site can be reached directly by using our private vehicle service while touring the city.
It’s best to dress conservatively in clothing that covers your arms, shoulders, and knees while visiting any house of worship in Myanmar.