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The Bogyoke Market Clock back on time
Yangon was for years a town whose architecture was neglected and dilapidated. At the most popular square in town, the Bogyoke Aung San Markt, visitors and shop owners romped under the old metal ceiling next to moldy, painted partitions. It is therefore not surprising that, in addition to the new painting of many houses, the installation of road and road vehicles that can be found on most of today's urban thoroughfares, a new tone is heard through the town.
It' is a tone most of us have long forgot, but it has become a symbol of the revival of a country and a population. It' the Bogyoke Aung San Music Clock. Nobody knows exactly when it was broken or why it was never fixed, but for more than a century the watch that is at the top of the watch list has been quiet.
Built together with the store during the 1926 UK reign, the parts needed for proper repairs have long since vanished, the natives say. Instead of waiting for the state to fix it or to give out a treasure to buy the parts that are most suited to the sounds of another clock, the church bells in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, which stands next to the Pentecost.
There was a twice-daily ringing at 4 p.m. No one was concerned about the clock being damaged at Bogyoke Aung San Market: You just worked under it or were driving because you knew it wasn't really 6 o'clock, as the dial of the watch showed.
However, at the end of May, when a newspaper in the area posted a message about the clock, something began to improve. "Not long after that, Yangon City Development Council (YCDC) officers took action to fix the watch and it has worked well since early June," said a storekeeper in the town.
The Bogyoke Aung San Market Development Committee chair U Tun Oo said the clock had been broke before but has never been broke so long. This new clock, although not as noisy as the real clock, was conceived to create a glockenspiel every single second.
"It took two a week to increase precision because the fixed watch rang a few seconds too late every lesson, but now it's precise," he said. AK Tin Shwe from the AK Artshop said that most stores in the center and back of the store don't listen to the soundtrack.
"A long time ago, store keepers at the store took care of the noisy sounds of the clock to know when the clock rang every hour," says Ma Tin Moe, who also works in the AK artshop. "For years the clock has sounded quiet so that everyone on the street no longer thinks about it and they don't even know it when it rings," she added.