Although the military government has officially relocated the capital to Naypyidaw since March 2006, Yangon continues to be the country’s largest city and the most important commercial centre. It has a population of over five million.
Yangon was founded as Dagon in the early 11th century (ca. 1028–1043) by the Mon, who dominated Lower Burma at that time.
Dagon was a small fishing village centered around the Shwedagon Pagoda, still the centre of this fascinating Asian metropolis!