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Yangon is Myanmar’s capital and largest city.The city houses a large number of colonial-era buildings and has a unique colonial-era urban core that has been maintained over the years. The area around the Sule Pagoda is more than 2000 years old and is the commercial hub of the city. Yangon is home to the nation’s most beloved landmark, the glorious Shwedagon Pagoda. The city was founded by King Alaungpaya of the Kone Baung Dynasty when he took the village of Dagon in 1755. He named the settlement Yangon which means ‘end of strife”. It has a unique charm with tree-lined streets, serene parks and tranquil lakes combined with the hustle and bustle of street vendors and thriving markets. 

The best way to discover Yangon’s treasures and the downtown area is on foot. The vibrant colours of street life, markets and people offer an interesting insight into the heart of the city. Travellers who prefer to be on the move can ride the 46-km long Yangon circular railway and catch the glimpses of the day-to-day lives of the city’s inhabitants and experience their warm and friendly nature.

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