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Five things you didn't know about Yangon
All over Yangon you will be welcomed with a big grin - and the grin is not just cosmetical, it's warm. Yangon, also known as Rangoon, is the Yangon regional capitol in Myanmar and a former Burma capitol.
Even though the capitol has been moved to Naypyidaw since 2006, Yangon is still the biggest town in the land and its trading centre. You may not know about the town. All over Yangon you will be welcomed with a big grin - and the grin is not just cosmetical, it's warm.
There are so many Stupa that you will be tired of seeing the Buddha statues dotting the roads. You will not get tired of the intriguing way the people of Yangon perform their prayer. Known at the beginning of the twentieth-century as the''Garden Town of the East'', Yangon received this label for its open, well-kept gardens, lovely lagoons and a mixture of contemporary building and timbers.
Yangon was said to have similar levels of service and infrastructures to London at the beginning of the twentieth centuries. In the early days of the Second World War, the Japanese conquered the town of Yangon. It was severely damaged by the bombing of the Alliance Armed Forces which invaded the town in 1945.
Today Yangon is one of the most attractive towns in Asia and was recently developed into a "World Class City". Yangon is pricey compared to other East Asian towns.
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In the last 200 years Yangon has experienced more than most towns in a thousand years. The Yangon Yunta relocated its asset base to Naypyidaw in 2006 and Cyclone Nargis hit Yangon in 2008, causing catastrophic if not catastrophic damages. Today Yangon is the gate to an ever more favourite tourist goal.
With Myanmar's democracy being reformed, there has been a flood of economic activity and a new feeling of confidence in Yangon. Yangon is the right place for Asian volonteers who want to be at the forefront of change and volunteer work. The Yangon International Airport acts as a gate to the whole land, and practically all arriving here in this 5 million metropolis before they set out to discover the landscape and remains of Bagan.
The Yangon is a captivating blend of Myanmar, UK, Indian as well as China influences. These are some of the most important tourist sites in Yangon: Myanmar's icons are the centerpiece of Yangon and are best seen at sundown, when the night lights shimmer from its solid golden panels and more than 5,000 beads.
- Kandawgyi Lake: Situated in the centre of Yangon, this beautiful Yangon Sea catches the reflections of Shwedagon Paya and houses a large selection of carpentry and memorials. - Aung San Suu Kyi's house: The home, where Myanmar's democratic vote was kept under home detention, is on Yangon's shores of Ynya Sea.
Yangon is only now entering the global tourism community with waves of investments. Yangon's volunteer community is at the forefront of the historical city's evolution. Yangon community members are not only the life of the people of Burma, they are also at the mercy of a side of the town that is completely escaped by tourism.
By making friends with local people and working with national minorities, they are basically pave the way for closer ties with this once marginalised town.