Shwedagon Pagoda at Night

Shwedagon Pagoda at Night

Shwedagon Pagoda at Night


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Locals pay their respects to the Buddha at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

Taken on: 21st August, 2013. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See jeremyvillasis's page of Flickr

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The commercial capital of Burma (Myanmar), Yangon is a compelling mix of golden pagodas, colonial architecture, hastily-erected scaffolding and history-stained streets. As the country shifts towards a democracy, with the military government softening the controls they brutally exercised over the last half-century, massive change is underway. New cars clog Yangon's roads, media and human rights workers cover long-ignored issues, and businesspeople and tourists stream into the city, hoping to make a buck and get a glimpse of a city that seems to have been trapped in time.

Yangon was the British colonial capital until Burma's independence in 1948, and it was the independent country's capital until 2005 (the official capital is now Naypyidaw). Located at the confluence of two rivers just before they empty out to the Andaman Sea, it has a large harbour -- the country's principal port -- and enjoys a much-needed coastal breeze. The city can get very hot ... Read our complete Yangon travel guide

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