- The local people in the city are very friendly and hospitable. They will understand you even if you don’t have a common language to communicate.
- The streets of Yangon are dotted with street food vendors selling fresh and yummy local cuisine. Don’t miss trying everything!
- Don’t be surprised if you see locals roaming around the city with a face masque on. It is Thanaka, an organic substance that protects the skin from the sun. You should try it too!
Formerly known as Rangoon, Yangon is a historical city and one of the most well-known cities in the country. Yangon was Myanmar’s administrative capital before Nay Pyi Taw was named as the capital city. Yangon is the country’s most prominent commercial centre as well as the largest city of the country with a population of more than 7 million people.
The name ‘Yangon’ is a combination of the Burmese words ‘Yan’ meaning ‘enemies’ and ‘Koun’ meaning ‘run out of’. The combination of words commonly translates as ‘End of Strife’. During the colonial era, Yangon was called ‘Rangoon’. Till the mid-1990s, Yangon mostly had a traditional setting. As people started moving in, a necessity to expand the area of the city was felt. The city grew rapidly towards the north where the Yangon International Airport is located now.
Bustling and exciting, a visit to the city will take you to colonial structures prominently dotting the landscape in downtown Yangon. However, the architecture of the northern part is more modern. Yangon is also the country’s hub for film, music, newspaper, advertising and book publishing industries.
There are a variety of things to see for tourists – from beautiful colonial-era buildings in Southeast Asia to bustling markets and beautiful pagodas. Take a walk down historic lanes, explore the local life, speak to the locals, taste the amazing street food – Yangon offers the best of Myanmar to you. Visitors to the country often spend their nights on 19th Street – the centre of barbecued meats and delicious local beer.