Former capital of Myanmar and the country’s largest city and most important commercial centre Yangon is located at the confluence of two rivers that empty out to the Andaman Sea. Yangon’s past is as troubled and complex as Burmese history itself, suffering major consequences of social, economic and political crises.
During the 11th century the Mon people founded a small fishing village in lower Myanmar called Dagon. After being conquered and renamed by King Alaungpaya in 1755 the British sized Yangon during the three Anglo-Burmese wars until it became the capital of Union of Burma in 1948 when the country gained independence from the British Empire.
After years of military rule, civil rebellions, revolutions and many violent historical episodes Yangon has a promising future as local and foreign investment skyrocket along with its evolving political stability. The city has the largest number of preserved colonial buildings in Asia and its infrastructure is undeveloped in comparison with other major cities in Southeast Asia.
The city is home to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the single most important religious site in the country; a gilded stupa considered the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar. Spirituality plays a large role in the lives of the locals, it is estimated that between 80 and 90 percent of the population practices Buddhism. Whenever you visit Yangon you are likely to see monks and nuns do their alms walks in the morning.