YANGON (Rangoon) :: the capital of Myanmar since 1885 when Mandalay's short period as the center of the last Burmese Kingdom ended. The city, today with an population of over five million, is lined by the Yangon River on the west and the Bago River on the south. Yangon gives a different impression from other Asian cities of similar size, seeming green and full of trees above which the shimmering stupas float. The most famous and most reverted monument in Yangon is the glittering Shwe Dagon Pagoda and a must for every visit to Myanmar. The Downtown area still features a lot of old and large colonial buildings left over from British times.
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