Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is Myanmar's largest city, commercial center, and former political capital. Yangon began as Dagon, a small fishing settlement built around the Swhedagon Pagoda. Yangon is the most ethnically diverse city in the country; although Burmese and English are the most widely spoken, it is not uncommon to hear Mandarin, Japanese, or French when walking through the city. Although the Swhwedagon Temple is a Buddhist site, it attracts pilgrims of all religions from around the world and the religious population of Yangon is comprised of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, and Muslims. A stunningly scenic place to be, the warm and welcoming Burmese people are eager to show off the beauty and rich culture of their country to tourists and students.