Yangon is the major city in Myanmar; until 2006 it was the capital city, until the seat of government was moved to Nay Pyi Taw. However, Yangon remains the most important commercial city and most tourists will begin and end their journey in Yangon.
A place where modernity meets tradition – the energy in Yangon is palpable. It is a bustling and dynamic city undergoing rapid development. Busy streets are lined with food vendors at all times of day, and tasting different flavors of the street food will the be a highlight of any trip to Yangon.
The iconic attraction of the city is the Shwedagon Pagoda, a 98-metre-high stupa whose golden glow can be seen throughout the city. There are many other stunning buildings as well, in fact, Yangon has more colonial architecture than any other city in South East Asia.
Yangon has a fascinating history, and one of the many walking tours around the downtown area is a good place to get a crash course. Yangon was originally a small fishing village called Dagon, after the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. In 1755, King Alungpaya unified the country and renamed the capital Yangon. Yangon is a combination of two words Yan meaning enemies and Gon meaning “run out” so its often translated as “end of strife.”