Yangon is the largest city and former capital of Burma.
Although the government has officially relocated the capital to Naypyidaw since March 2006, Yangon, with a population of 6 million, continues to be the country's largest city and the most important commercial center.
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As shown as the Yangon City Hall above, We could tell a conbination of diversified cultures with morden elements. That's basically my impression of Yangon. Seychelles
Kandawgyi Lake, formerly Royal Lake, is one of the two major lakes in Yangon.
Along Kandawgyi Lake's shores, there is a famous icon called Karaweik Palace, which you may see from the photo above, that it's a concrete replica of a Burmese royal barge built in 1972. It houses a buffet restaurant today.
A glance of Shwedagon Pagoda Plaza
However, the most famous cultural icon in Yangon as well the entire Burma is Shwedagon Pagoda.
Here at Shwedagon Pagoda, Visitors must remove their shoes before the first step at any of the entrances. Burmese walk around the stupa clockwise.
The day of the week a person is born will determine their planetary post, eight in all as Wednesday is split in two, a.m. and p.m.
They are marked by animals that represent the day, and each planetary post has a Buddha image and devotees offer flowers and prayer flags and pour water on the image with a prayer and a wish.
Planetary post for Jupiter (Thursday), where devotees with that birthday pour water and make offerings to the Buddha image. Mouse represents the animal of Thursday.
The diverse population from China on the northeast, Laos on the east, Thailand on the southeast, Bangladesh on the west, and India on the northwest, has played a major role in defining its politics, history and demographics in modern times.
The majority culture is primarily Buddhist and Bamar. Bamar culture has been influenced by the cultures of neighbouring countries.
However, what we don't wanna hear are those deep problems Brumese being suffered with. Burma's one of the most poor country in south Asia. With heavily baned by US government, and several European countries, Burma has been criticized by its poor development on human rights, the ongoing detention of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi, and refusal to honor the election results of the 1990 People's Assembly election.
As a result of poorly living conditions, Burma becomes part of golden traingle for active drug trading. And in normal industries, the lack of enough educated labor forces is another issue in society development. On the other hand, protestors requesting for free religions are still going against the government of Burma.
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Protesters in Yangon with a banner that reads non-violence: national movement in Burmese, in the background is Shwedagon Pagoda
Recently, a storm hit Yangon badly and killed almost 40,000 people. It's said the death toll could even reach 100,000 by continuing storm attacks and on going starviation.
Why storms always hit the poor country worst? The people in Burma, with praying all day long, still couldn't get a peaceful life of their own.