Yangon was the capital of Myanmar till 2005 when it was displaced by Naypyidaw. Nowadays, with a population of about 5 million people, Yangon remains the largest metropolis and major economic center of Myanmar.
Yangon, with its colonial charm features wide tree lined streets, soothing lakes, and gracious turn of the structural design. The splendid Shwedagon Pagoda seems to take over the city’s skyline, while tourists can easily find a heaven on large avenues for various exotic arts and crafts. In the evening, the Chinatown comes alive with its spicy aromas and yummy foods. Yangon is a mix foreign influence that can be identified for its colonial structural design remaining a unique paradigm of British colonial capital. New buildings were constructed when the government began to consent to private investment. Nevertheless, Yangon prolongs to be a city of the past with longyi wear, spitting pedestrian and friendly attitude to strangers.
Yangon may be the most interesting of all the cities in Southeast Asia. Just join a leisurely walk along a typical street and you can observe commercial and traffic signs in local alphabet, see the wandering monk in maroon robes as well as the gilded pagodas. You will find out that everyone seems to be relaxed with barefoot both indoors and outdoors and are used to the image of the men wearing the longyi.
Being famous with the historical background, Yangon possesses many important religious sites in Myanmar. Pagodas are also appealing destinations for tourists. It can be a forest of towers embellished with wood carving oddly being mixed and matched with current construction materials. It also can be the pagoda standing on the top of Singuttara Hill that was sacred before our world being created.
Yangon has monsoon climate with three seasons: the rainy season, the cold and dry season, and the hot dry season. It can be saw a large number of tourists from November to January as the cooler atmosphere than the rest, yet major festivals take place all over the year, especially Thingyan – the water festival that is held in April.