Yangon-today was only a small fishing-village until and after the Alaungpaya’s, the founder of first Myanmar Empire, conquest in 1752. Then the place was christened as Yangon which means “the end of strife.” 
It was not yet a trading center during the time of Myanmar Kings. But, it was well-known as a site of religiously significance along with the presence of Shwedagaon Pagoda, the landmark of Yangon. As British government (1824~1885) used it as the administrative center, this venue became a major and strategic sea-port. And recorded as the most beautiful city in Southeast Asia! 
Then the city was opened to visitors as part of tourism campaign. Some of the old buildings were demolished and substituted by new and modern buildings. But, one can still trace sense, and inhale the original colonial remnants though some of which are modified by Myanmar style lately. The city center is an example with the City Hall, one of the grandest, an impressive stone structure with classical colonial style and integrated with a Myanmar touch. The Supreme Court, High Court, General Post Office, Strand Hotel, Port Authority Building, Custom House and Railway Administrative Building are also magnificent remembrances of the bygone era. 

Yangon is changing greatly as international investments come into Myanmar. High-rises and vehicles increase on the road almost every day. However, the city has a very special charm, and one, which will certainly be preserved in spite of changing skyline.