Yangon Architecture Photos

Yangon City Hall

Yangon’s City Hall was designed by a Burmese architect who combined several motives of Burmese architecture.

 

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The Strand Hotel has its colonial shine back on.

 

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The post office dating back to 1908.

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A fresh coat of paint goes a long way to making Yangon look fresh and UNESCO-worthy.

 

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A mosque near Sule Pagoda.

 

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The port authority building in Yangon.

 

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Right in the center, close to city hall, is Sule Pagoda.

 

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The race to development threatens to overshadow some of the historical character of Yangon.

 

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Yangon City Hall as seen from Maha Bandoola Park.

 

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While new buildings are popping up around the city, this new temple could fit right in on the plains of Bagan.

 

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The Secretariat is a massive, full-block of brick construction. This is a view from a nearby coffee shop on an upper floor overlooking the sprawling building.

 

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The Governor’s Residence, a 1920s mansion of teakwood, in what is now the embassy district, was reborn as a luxury hotel.
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The High Court building near the center of Yangon with its fine clock tower is half a block from city hall, also next to Maha Bandoola Park.

 

 

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The old railway office building is a very large brick construction that had fallen into decay but will become part of a modern complex that includes shops and high-end condos.

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While many of the old colonial buildings had famous names or purposes, some of them blend right into old neighborhoods, partly forgotten.

 

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A coincidental English transliteration from Burmese is humorous but also a warning about the fate of many old buildings should the Yangon Heritage Trust not prevail in preserving them.

 

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Mother Nature is not perturbed and goes about her patient business of reclaiming what humans have erected.

 

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Read about Yangon’s colonial-era architecture and what’s being done to preserve it.