Living in yangon
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, has a population of over 5 million and while no longer the capital of Myanmar it continues to be the largest city and commercial capital of the nation. The city sits on the confluence of the Yangon and Bago rivers, 30 kilometres from the Andaman Sea coast, and enjoys a tropical monsoon climate.
Yangon boasts a rich history and offers unique sites including the Shwedagon Pagoda, Inya Lake and the highest number of colonial period fin-de-siècle buildings in Southeast Asia. Yangon International Airport is connected by direct flights to major cities across Southeast Asia and flights connect to Europe via the Arabian Gulf.
Described as the ‘garden city of the East’ at the turn of the 20th century, Yangon has played a central role in the colonial and contemporary history of Myanmar. Designed by the British, the city grew to become one of the leading cities in Southeast Asia by the Second World War. As a result of isolationist policies, the city’s infrastructure declined in the postwar era. Since the first opening-up of the country in the 1990s the city has seen renewed investment, a trend that continues today as new apartments, office blocks and amenities are built to cater for the demands of an increasing population and the arrival of expatriate workers and their families.
Yangon provides an excellent taste of Myanmar culture, with museums, galleries and restaurants providing insights and flavours of this ethnically diverse nation. While the infrastructure occasionally struggles to keep up with the pace of development, Yangon retains its charm as it seeks to rediscover its prominent role in the region.
The official language of the country is Myanmar, with a great variety of ethnic dialects spoken throughout the country. English is frequently seen throughout Yangon, in street signs, maps and directions. The older generation often has a good understanding of English, and the younger generation is learning fast. Although English is not necessarily widely spoken, one can make oneself understood without many difficulties.
The colonial quarter of downtown Yangon provides a ‘living museum’ of colonial architecture and bustling street life. The ethnic and religious diversity of the country is most apparent downtown, where Catholic cathedrals stand alongside synagogues, Hindu temples, mosques and Baptist churches, all under the glimmering gaze of the Shwedagon Pagoda, the holiest Buddhist shrine in Myanmar.
Our College is permitted to enrol Myanmar nationals and foreign nationals, allowing the school to act as a catalyst for positive change within the country. To further this aim, the College will also develop teacher training programmes, support student scholarships and play a prominent role in establishing the Dulwich College International Foundation community programme by establishing enduring links with the surrounding communities.