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A old Rangoon City walking tour

Yangon Walk

The Yangon walk
The differences are with the buildings, here are several built during colonial times still under the supervision of the English and now other by locals from Rangoon. 

What the English built although rotten from decay still look somehow not so bad and has some charm, the other are just bad by any means. Those are the ones in the very city center where plenty of people from India live who came in with the British. It doesn't look much like SEA it rather appears like squatters in Calcutta.

There are some very pretty buildings left one of it is the old railway station and another one is the old "Ministers Office" above. The two main fixtures are the Bogyoke Market and the center around there plus the City Hall, Mahabandola Park and along Anawratha Road until down to the Yangon River with the harbor.  


Visiting the Rangoon City Center about 200 years ago

Certain parts still are vast assemblies of wooden huts may be dignified with that name, is surrounded by a wooden stockade, from sixteen to eighteen feet in height, which effectually shuts out all view of the fine river which runs past it and gives it a confined and insalubrious appearance.

There are a few brick houses, mainly belonging to Europeans, within the stockade, upon which a heavy tax is levied and they are only permitted to be built by special authority from the Government, which is but seldom granted.

Yangon City History Walk

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The City was, in fact, an appendage of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

The character of Yangon (Rangoon) continued to preserve with varying fortunes till the growth across the water of
Syriam, thronged with the ships of European adventurers, brought it political importance. The final phase in the struggle of the Burmese and the Mon or Talaing was now approaching. 

At last in A.D. 1763. Alompra, having annihilated Pegu (Bago) signalized his conquest by raising the Shwedagon Pagoda to a height greater than that of the rival Mon at Bago, and bestowed upon the city at its foot the name of Yan-
koon
, the City of Victory. 

Yangon (Rangoon) was made the seat of a viceroy and considerable traffic passed through its gates , yet it had not really made any beginning towards greatness. The accounts of travelers at this period vary concerning it. 
Some, like Colonel Symes, the British Ambassador who visited Burma at that time, give it a character of importance ; others, like the officers who accompanied the British colonial army to Burma in 1825, find little to say in its favor. In Symes' day Yangon (Rangoon) lay upon the river shore and was a mile long and a third of a mile wide.


[The old railway building in Yangon Downtown]
[Yangon an appendage to the Shwedagon]
[Yangon historic minister's office] The inner citadel was surrounded by an indifferent stockade, the streets were well paved but inferior to those of Bago. All the officers of Government, the most opulent merchants, and persons of consideration lived within the stockade. 

Yangon had three wharves, and close to one of these there were " two commodious wooden houses, used by the merchants as an exchange, where they usually meet in the cool of the morning and evening to converse and transact business."



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Anawrahta road is one o f the main Yangon City thoroughfares and was built by the British when they moved the capital from Mandalay to Yangon
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Kandawgyi Lake Yangon

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Located it the city center east is the Kandawgyi or also known as the royal lake.

A pretty park is around and a few small peninsulas plus the probably most beautiful hotel in Yangon, the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel with an exceptional location. Here is some content from the 19th Century and nothing has really changed....

There is no city in the East with a fine playground, and in time, when the Victoria lakes which provide Rangoon with its drinking-water are added to the total of finished beauty, they will become famous.
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Yangon Car

Some of the turfs is as fine already as the turf of an English park. Among the trees are many of the sumptuous kind, which breaks into one dazzling mass of bloom, such as the pagoda- tree, the padouk, and the pinma. These trees are already a feature of Yangon City but their wealth is too widely scattered to make its full impression.




The city is a very green one a real relief from metropolises such as Bangkok where the sheer greed of the people prevents even giving the smallest green space to the public.

Luckily at the time the British did something real good for the public and made some city planning with trees along the avenues making Yangon a tropical metropolis of striking beauty.

With the Shwedagon Pagoda on the hill in the back, it is a perfect idyll of Yangon.

Kandawgyi Lake and Hotel