Yangon, formally known as Rangoon, was a capital of Myanmar until the capital was relocated to Naypyidaw in 2006. Yangon was founded as Dagon by the Mon civilization in the early 11th century. The name Yangon was given by King Alaungpaya in 1755 after he conquered Dagon. Yan means enemies and gon (pronounced koun) means ran out of. Until then, Dagon was just a small fishing village centered about the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Myanmar lost Yangon and the Lower Burma in the Second Anglo-Burmese War of 1852. The British then made Yangon into the commercial and political hub of British Burma and subsequently became the capital of all British Burma after King Thibaw lost the Third Anglo-Burmese War in 1885. During the colonial times, Yangon became known as “the garden city of the East” due to its spacious parks, lakes and a mixture of modern and traditional wooden buildings. On 4th January 1948, Yangon became the capital of Union of Burma when the country regained independence from the British Empire. In 1989, the government changed the city’s English name Rangoon to Yangon, along with many other name changes of cities and roads. The name, Burma was also changed to Myanmar then.

Famous Pagodas in Yangon
Shwedagon Pagoda
Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda or Paya is said to be more than 2,600 years old, however, according to some historians and archaeologists.Read More

Sule Pagoda and its Surrounding
Sule Pagoda

The Sule Pagoda is said to be over 2,000 years old, located on a roundabout in the centre of Yangon. Read More

Chauk Htat Gyi
Chauk Htat Gyi

Chaukhtatgyi or the Six-storied (chauk means six in Burmese, htat means number of floors) Pagoda is a massive reclining Buddha image, built around the turn of last century.Read More

Botahtaung Pagoda
Botahtaung Jetty

The Botataung Pagoda is located by the Yangon river bank in down town. The pagoda enshrined sacred hair relic of the Buddha inside.Read More

Other Interesting Places in Yangon
War Memorial
War Memorial

The Htaukkyan War Memorial is located in Taukkyan War Cemetery about 35 km north of Yangon.Read More

Bogyoke Aung San Market
Bogyoke Aung San Market

Formally known as Scott’s Market, it is a covered bazaar in central Yangon. Built in 1926, it was named after the Municipal Commissioner Mr. Gavin Scott, renamed after Bogyoke Aung San upon independence in 1948.Read More

Kandawgyi Lake
Karaweik Hall

Kandawgyi Lake is a large lake in downtown Yangon, known for idyllic view Shwedagon Pagoda and numerous restaurants and bars located inside Kandawgyi Park.Read More

China Town
China Town

Located in Latha Township, China Town is the busiest area of Yangon. Read More


When you visit Yangon, visiting Shwedagon Pagoda is a must. It is one of the most famous and interesting place to visit in Yangon. Sule Pagoda lies in the center of Yangon and can be easily visited. Other than pagodas, museums such as National Museum, Bogyoke Museum and Gems Museum display historical events of Myanmar.


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