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.