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Although no longer the capitol, YANGON continues to be the business center of Myanmar and the center of its intellectual lives, thanks to the glory of Shwedagon Paya (pagoda), while its old city centre architecture (so many of them decayed) gives the city a historic charme that the new capitol Nay Pyi Taw - and Mandalay - will never have.
From getting bounced around the city's bustling market, looking for local pubs and barbecues in Chinatown, to visiting Hindu Temple or taking a local rail journey, the roads of Yangon offer a lively and captivating experience of the outback. The majority of travelers spends most of their leisurely hours in the inner cities, in the network of roads just off the Yangon River, which has Sule Paya in its core.
Shwedagon Paya is the primary cause for leaving the city centre, although there are a number of other northern sites, such as the shaded shore of Lake Kandawgyi, the bustling (but almost untouched ) Hledan Market and the huge Buddha in Kyauk Taw Gyi. A long colonization story exists in this part of the deltas, with the Mon hamlet of Dagon around Singuttara Hill (where Shwedagon Paya is located) originating in the 6th A. D..
In 1755, after the area was captured by Alaungpaya, the name of the town was changed to Yangon and its importance as a harbour increased. It was badly destroyed in 1852 by the incurring British, who named it Yangon and built it up again according to their own designs; in 1885 the British made Yangon their capitol after evicting the last Myanmar kings from Mandalay.
As a result of many years of global economic and political isolated, most of the city's historic monuments have been disregarded, and in 2005 many were given up entirely when the administration relocated its departments northwards to the new capitol Nay Pyi Taw. Nevertheless, Yangon is still Myanmar's trading center and has begun to draw development workers following the recent relaxation of global sanction.
We will have to wait and see to what degree the town' s architectural design will be revitalised.