The city is an amalgamation of British, Burmese, Chinese, and Indian influences. It is known for its colonial architecture, which although decaying, remains an almost unique example of a 19th-century British colonial capital. New high-rise buildings were constructed from the 1990s as the government began to allow private investment. However, Yangon continues to be a city of the past, as seen by its lyongi wearing pedestrians, its street vendors, and busy downtown streets.
On arrival to Yangon one cannot help notice that people live outside rather than in their flats – the streets are lined with street vendors selling everything from nuts and bolts, fish, fruits, shoes, DVDs to pens and paper. This is not even taking into account the uncountable number of pavement eateries where one can eat for as little as $1, as well as the thousand of betel nut vendors preparing their goods on demand. You will get the feeling that there are things going on all around you and that the next step is to go out and discover the streets and live the true Myanmar experience.