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Became capital in 1885 when the British finally conquered Upper Myanmar and Mandalay. Prior to that it was a small town.
Yangon, the capital city, is the gateway to Myanmar. A city unlike
any other. Lush tropical trees lend shade to evergreen avenues.
Countless enchanting parks and beautiful lakes all contribute to Yangons
deserved title of "the Garden City of the East."
Yangon was founded in 1755 by King Alaungpaya on the site of a small settlement called "Dagon" when he conquered lower Myanmar. The name Yangon, means "end of strife", was Anglicised in 1885 to Rangoon by the British colonial settlers. It was only then it became the capital.
The streets of Yangon are all perpendicular and
retain geometric symmetry. The road system was constructed by the
Towering almost 100 meters above the green city of Yangon on
Singuttara Hill is one of the wonders of the world: the golden Shwedagon
Little wonder upon Rudyard Kipling's visit to Yangon in 1889, he was
prompted to verse:
Also at over 2000 years old Sule Pagoda, or the heart of Yangon.
Located in the centre of the city acting as a tranquil yet dominating
traffic island, it was once the social and religious focal point for
As well as cultural and religious monuments Yangon has a multitude of Theatres and cinemas. Spread through out the city is over 50 cinemas. In Sule Pagoda Rd alone you can find 5 English cinemas.
To find original native arts & crafts visit the Bogyoke Aung San
Market, (know during British times, and by some today, as Scott Market)