- the capital of Burma (Myanmar), in the S part.
- a republic in SE Asia, on the Bay of Bengal. 261,789 sq. mi. (678,034 sq. km). Capital: Yangon.
Official name Union of Myanmar.
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Examples from the Web for yangon
The bus from Yangon deposited us at our destination in the dark and cold early hours when most people are still asleep.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma
June 2, 2014
Inle Lake is served by flights and buses from Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay.The Cat's Meow: Top 10 Destinations for Feline Fanatics
December 20, 2013
Burma is now Myanmar, Rangoon is Yangon, Prome is Pyay and Pegu is Bago.The Good Old Travel Guide Days
August 3, 2013
- the largest city and chief port of Myanmar (Burma): officially superseded as capital in 2006 by Nay Pyi Taw (Naypyidaw), though still retaining some of the functions of government; an industrial city and transport centre; dominated by the gold-covered Shwe Dagon pagoda, 112 m (368 ft) high. Pop: 4 082 000 (2005 est)Former name (official until 1989, still widely used in English): Rangoon
- the former official name (until 1989, though still widely used) of Myanmar
Word Origin and History for yangon
from Burmese people's self-designation; see Myanmar. Related: Burman.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Under British control until 1948, it then became an independent republic.
Run by its military in the 1970s and 1980s, Burma saw its economy decline. Free elections in 1990 were won by the main opposition party, but the military government refused to relinquish its powers.
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