Yangon (Rangoon) is the former capital , the commercial capital and one of the main gateways to Myanmar. The city is lined by the Yangon River in the West and the Bago River in the South. With the main port of entry into the country, it is one of the most attractive and fascinating cities in Asia, with evergreen tropical trees, shady parks, beautiful lakes, golden stupas , so Yangon has earned the name of “the Garden City of the East”.
The city centre is full with bustling walkways , narrow side streets , food vendors , colour open market and extensive variety of urban colonial architecture.
The colonial times are long gone, but in Yangon they have left behind a rich architectural heritage, of a type which many other capital cities of the region has been lost to “progress”. Many colonial-era buildings that today host state institutions and authorities, such as government banks and the Port Authority, as well as the High Court and City Hall, are clustered in the downtown area.
The breathtaking glory of the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, the largest of its kind in the world, makes the city host to one of the most revered religious sites in the East . At present, Yangon covers about 500 sq.km and has a population of about six million.