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 goo...
Burma, Rangoon: young men working  in a wholesale papers good
Burma, Rangoon: young men working in a wholesale papers goo...
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 shrin...
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...