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Robb Report Singapore - - Travel -

angkok. Kuala Lumpur. Jakarta. Sin­ga­pore. Th­ese cap­i­tal cities are as ad­vanced as they can be. But what about up-and-com­ing cities such as Yan­gon?

The beauty of Yan­gon lies in its her­itage and his­tory. Nowhere else will you find such a mul­ti­plic­ity of tem­ples and pago­das, the most promi­nent of which is the golden Sh­wedagon Pagoda that dates back to more than two mil­len­nia. Amid th­ese re­li­gious sites is also an abun­dance of 19th-cen­tury colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture. In cer­tain parts, it feels like a city lost in time, where old tra­di­tions still re­main. Wit­ness lines of Bud­dhist monks in saf­fron robes strolling through the streets to gather alms ev­ery morn­ing, and have your face painted in a light yel­low paste known as thanaka, a form of sun lo­tion used tra­di­tion­ally by Burmese women. Ride the Yan­gon Cir­cu­lar Rail­way to see the ru­ral side of Myan­mar’s for­mer cap­i­tal, and the veg­etable mar­kets sur­round­ing the tracks along the way. And given that this will make way for tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments in the next five to 10 years, there’s no bet­ter time to visit than now.

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