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Lanmadaw Township is situated on the western edge of downtown Yangon and makes up part of Chinatown, which was created when the British expanded Rangoon in the 1850s. It is home to part of the city's new, controversial night market, where vendors have been forced to sell their wares after being banned from the streets in an effort to combat traffic congestion. The night market has been the site of conflict between vendors and authorities because the market only has space for 1,600 vendors out of a total of 6,000. Lanmadaw is also where a bridge to Dala Township is expected to be built, which many fear will just make traffic worse.

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