City of Yangon formerlyYangon City Formerly
Explore Yangon, Myanmar's pristine and enchanting cultural city
With over 5 million inhabitants, Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is the biggest city in Myanmar. Myanmar's capitol was relocated to Naypyidaw in 2006, but Yangon remains the country's commercial and culture centre. From the 1990s, the city began to see a gradual growth in high-rise building when the federal administration began to allow privately owned investments.
But the city continues to be dominated by tradition, as shown by the city' s colorful architecture (possibly most of the cities in South-East Asia ) and the people who support it. Yangon's most celebrated building, the Shwedagon Pagoda, was constructed during the period of Buddha's reign more than 2,500 years ago. However, the town was historically documented in the sixth cent. when a mon hamlet was in the building.
In 1755, the city was called Yangon by King Alaungpaya of Shwebo, when he conquered it from the Mons and recognized its importance as a seaport. This city was even more precious to the Brits. During this period the city was renamed Rangoon, which was a false statement of the English Yangon name.
Shwedagon is one of the most important sights in Yangon. At the Shwedagon Trail, the casual, laid-back and spiritual character of the Myanmar tribe is captured in one place. But the two locals still have to dress appropriately and take off their shoes when they enter the cloakroom. You can also find some other couples in Myanmar.
Sule Pagode is a 46 metre high Stupa in the centre of Yangon. The Botataung Lagoda near the Yangon River is another important stop. They say the silhouette contains over 1,000 wisps of Buddha's skull. After being destroyed in the 2nd WW the pit was reconstructed and is now empty inside (and thus the only empty pit in the world).
It also contains several churches constructed during the Colonies. It is also a city of parklands and ponds. Lake Inya is the biggest and one of the most beloved recreation areas of the city. Lake Kandawgyi lies eastwards of Shwedagon Pagoda. And Yangon is certainly one of the most attractive towns in Southeast Asia.
It is a charming city with a mixture of Europe's monuments, places of worship, gardens and water. It is also relatively unspoilt by tourists, making you one of the few cities in the whole wide open space. A good way to discover the city and its environs is the half days trip with the Yangon Circle Train from Exotissimo.
From Yangon Central Railroad you will get on the rail and watch the daily routine of Myanmar's biggest city and the various districts outside the city before returning to the point of departure. They can also discover the city and its environs with our Highlights of Yangon &urroundings Tour.
Visit one of Asia's most charming towns while visiting the main sights of Yangon and the tea houses, tranquil neighbourhoods and mysterious people.