Currently under renovation with an anticipated completion in 2017.
Background: According to Burmese legend the site where the Sule pagoda now stands was once the home of a powerful nat (spirit) named Sularata (the Sule Nat). The king of the Nats, Sakka, wished to help the legendary king Okkalap build a shrine for the Buddha's sacred hair-relic on the same site where three previous Buddhas had buried sacred relics in past ages.
The Sule Pagoda was made the center of Yangon by Lt. Alexander Fraser of the Bengal Engineers, who created the present street layout of Yangon soon after the British occupation in the middle of the 19th century. It is a Mon-style chedi (pagoda), octagonal in shape, with each side 24 feet long; its height is 144 feet, 9 l/2 inches. (Wikipedia)
Old buildings litter the street of Yangoon. Myanmar has an exceptional opportunity to maintain the older buildings and perhaps avoid some of the mistakes of other Asian emerging economies who have destroyed much of their heritage.
Exiting his housing block
People crossing the street near the Sule Paya in the early morning hours.
Yangoon's main train station is a history museum for railroad fans. Here trains operate on Diesel and Wagons from a different time will keep fans inspired.