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Once known as Rangoon during British colonial rule, Yangon is the former capital of Myanmar but it still retains much of its colonial character.

The grand buildings of the downtown area and the old mansions in the diplomatic quarter are clear testament to the former British presence. In contrast to this, the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda is perhaps the most vivid demonstration of how seriously the Burmese take their Buddhist faith, with a stream of devotees bringing offerings to the various shrines within the temple complex.

Monks are provided with alms at the Shwedagon Pagoda, YangonNo visit to Myanmar is complete without at least a few hours spent at the Shwedagon. The city has an eclectic mix of cultures and religions, with the golden spires of many ancient pagodas glistening in the heat of the day alongside modern-day Hindu and Chinese temples, cathedrals and mosques.

The bustling streets and narrow alleys of downtown Yangon capture the diversity of this intriguing city: tea-houses are layered with the smoke of cheroots, the markets of Chinatown burst with an unfathomable array of goods and the aromas of freshly-milled spices and freshly-cooked snacks are carried on a breeze from the Indian Quarter.

Yangon is well-known for its shops and markets, the most famous of which is the Bogyoke Aung San Market (or Scott Market), as well as for a burgeoning and well-respected art scene. Galleries and antique shops have been established in various parts of the city, presenting the visitor with many tempting shopping opportunities.

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    • Shwedagon sunset & a local beer
      Shwedagon Pagoda

      Shwedagon sunset & a local beer

      Shwedagon sunset & a local beer

      At around 4pm in the afternoon you'll be met by your driver and guide for a visit to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. Visiting at this time affords a wonderful opportunity for people to watch as the city's residents come to pay their respects after finishing work or school.

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    • Walking tour of Yangon
      Close-up of Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon (Rangoon)

      Walking tour of Yangon

      Walking tour of Yangon

      This morning you'll enjoy a flexible tour of Yangon with your driver and guide. The highlight of your tour will most certainly be a visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda, the jewel in the city's crown.

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