Yangon
 is largest city in Myanmar with a population of over five million people, Yangon is the bustling former capital of Myanmar. The city boasts  verdant parks, beautiful colonial buildings and the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. (Visit to Myanmar can not call complete without a few hours spent at the Shwedagon Pagoda). 


      Yangon was declared the capital of  Myanmar in the late 19th Century by the British. A mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline. Its famed Shwedagon Paya, a huge, shimmering pagoda complex, draws thousands of pilgrims annually.  

The city's other notable religious sites include the Botataung and Sule pagodas, both housing Buddhist relics.     They rebuilt the town after a fire destroyed it in 1841, hence the colonial  influences in the architecture. The British renamed the city Rangoon, however it has been restored to its original Burmese name of Yangon since 1989 when the country was also renamed Myanmar (replacing the British name of Burma).