Yangon (formerly known as Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar (formerly Burma). A mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline. Its famed Shwedagon Paya, a huge, shimmering pagoda complex, draws thousands of pilgrims annually. The city’s other notable religious sites include the Botataung and Sule pagodas, both housing Buddhist relics.The city’s green spaces include People’s Park, with fountains and flower gardens, and Kandawgyi Lake, with a replica of a royal barge, waterside cafes and an adjacent zoo. The National Museum presents exhibits on Burmese art and culture. The covered market of Bogyoke Aung San is packed with stalls selling traditional lacquerware, antiques, wood carvings and textiles (including the saronglike longyi still worn by many Burmese). The Circular Railway, a commuter train departing from the landmark Yangon Central Station, provides views of a variety of urban and rural landscapes.

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