A selection of pictures of Yangon, the capital of Myanmar. In 1755 King Alaungpaya captured the village of Dagon from the Mon and renamed it Yangon. Yangon became the capital of Myanmar in 1885 after the British united Upper and Lower Burma, after the second Anglo-Burmese war. Yangon was then rebuilt from scratch on a grid system, with wide tree-lined streets. It quickly became a booming trading centre, attracting Chinese, Indians, Malays and Thais.
Since Yangon wasn't further developed in the past decades, many buildings are in a state of decay. But herein lies also the special appeal of Yangon, meaning that its colonial past is still intact and hasn't been replaced by modern buildings.
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