Yangon is the country’s largest city with a population above 7 million and it’s the most important commercial centre in Myanmar, although the military government officially relocated the capital to the newly built city Naypyidaw in March 2006.
You can imagine how bad the traffic in downtown, also because motorbikes are banned in the city since early 2000.
If you do not believe me try to spot a bike in the picture below. LOL
The British seized Yangon and all the lower Burma in the second Anglo-Burmese war in the late 1852, and transformed this city in the commercial and political hub of Burma.
Colonial Yangon, with its spacious parks, lakes and mix of modern buildings and traditional wooden architectures, was known as “the garden city of the East”. By the early 20th century, Yangon had public services and infrastructure on par with London.
Yangon buildings are really colourful and reflect the city’s history of ethnic and religious diversity, but no structure stands out quite like the Shwedagon Pagoda, the monumental golden Buddhist shrine.
The city also has museums, art galleries and markets.
Bogyoke Market, is the most famous market and it is located right in the middle of Yangon.
It was built in 1926 and still now is the perfect location to bargain great silk, textiles and gemstones such as ruby and Burmese jade.
This diversity is also reflected in its restaurants and food, which have plenty of native cuisine but are also heavily influenced by some of the countries that surround Myanmar such as Thailand, China and India.
Another important highlight in Yangon is Sule Pagoda, a golden pagoda located next to the colonial district.
More blogs and pictures about Myanmar will coming soon.
Stay tuned and ENJOY.