Rangoon/Yangon is the country’s largest city with a population of over five million, and is the most important commercial center. The former military government officially relocated the capital 250 miles north to a brand new town called Naypyidaw in March 2006.

Although Yangon’s infrastructure is weak compared to other major cities in south-east Asia, it has the largest number of colonial buildings in the region today due to repressive governments. While many high-rise residential and commercial buildings have been constructed or renovated throughout downtown and Greater Yangon in the past two decades, most satellite towns that ring the city continue to be deeply impoverished.



General elections in Myanmar in November 2015 were won by the National League for Democracy, the first free election in fifty years. The leader is Aung San Suu Kyi.

Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; young nuns
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; young nuns
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; shrine and devotees
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; shrine and devotees
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; selfie
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; selfie
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; nuns posing
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; nuns posing
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; 5-star hotel
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; 5-star hotel
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; 5-star hotel
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; 5-star hotel
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; old British Customs House
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; old British Customs House
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; Port Authority building
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; Port Authority building
Burma, Rangoon; Myanmar Airlines office and Strand Hotel
Burma, Rangoon; Myanmar Airlines office and Strand Hotel
Burma, Rangoon; lobby of Strand Hotel
Burma, Rangoon; lobby of Strand Hotel
Burma, Rangoon; Gamelan musician in Strand Hotel
Burma, Rangoon; Gamelan musician in Strand Hotel
Burma, Rangoon; Richard and Michael, Strand Hotel
Burma, Rangoon; Richard and Michael, Strand Hotel
Burma, Rangoon; clerk at Strand Hotel
Burma, Rangoon; clerk at Strand Hotel
Burma, Rangoon; painting in lobby
Burma, Rangoon; painting in lobby
Burma, Rangoon; private electrical generator
Burma, Rangoon; private electrical generator
Burma, Rangoon: typical upper-class furniture
Burma, Rangoon: typical upper-class furniture
Burma, Rangoon: carrying bananas
Burma, Rangoon: carrying bananas
Burma, Rangoon: street lunch
Burma, Rangoon: street lunch
Burma, Rangoon: street kitchen
Burma, Rangoon: street kitchen
Burma, Rangoon: soccer game
Burma, Rangoon: soccer game
Burma, Rangoon: fruit vendor
Burma, Rangoon: fruit vendor
Burma, Rangoon: young men working  in a wholesale papers good
Burma, Rangoon: young men working in a wholesale papers good store with the boss lady sitting down
Burma, Rangoon: young men working  in a wholesale papers good
Burma, Rangoon: young men working in a wholesale papers good store with the boss lady sitting down
Burma, Rangoon: paper goods store
Burma, Rangoon: paper goods store
Burma, Rangoon: shoe store along the street
Burma, Rangoon: shoe store along the street
Burma, Rangoon: T-shirts of 'The Lady'
Burma, Rangoon: T-shirts of 'The Lady'
Burma, Rangoon: local commercial street
Burma, Rangoon: local commercial street
Burma, Rangoon: loading goods
Burma, Rangoon: loading goods
Burma, Rangoon: paper goods store
Burma, Rangoon: paper goods store
Burma, Rangoon: making grass items (?)
Burma, Rangoon: making grass items (?)
Burma, Rangoon: another bookstore
Burma, Rangoon: another bookstore
Burma, Rangoon; massage
Burma, Rangoon; massage
Burma, Rangoon; approaching Shwedagon Pagoda
Burma, Rangoon; approaching Shwedagon Pagoda
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda from above
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda from above
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda
Burma, Rangoon; guardian lions at Shwedagon Pagoda
Burma, Rangoon; guardian lions at Shwedagon Pagoda
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda tree
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda tree
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; murals of Buddha's life
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; murals of Buddha's life
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; monk meditating at a shrine
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; monk meditating at a shrine
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda spires
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda spires
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda shrines
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda shrines
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; local visitors
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; local visitors
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda shrines
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda shrines
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda Buddha statues
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda Buddha statues
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; local visitors
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; local visitors
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda interior
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda interior
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda visitors
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda visitors
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda Buddha statues
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda Buddha statues
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda visitors
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda visitors
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; Hindu statues
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda; Hindu statues
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda visitors
Burma, Rangoon; Shwedagon Pagoda visitors