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Yangon, Myanmar's biggest town, has not been affected by the modernisation of other Southeast Asia capital cities. One of the highlights of any Yangon trip is the Shwedagon Paya (the Golden Dagon), probably the oldest, holiest and most beautyful Buddha School in the time. This is a highly sophisticated structure consisting of more than a hundred different cedis, churches, shrines and gazebos, all of which are clad with more than 50 tons of solid ore.
Yangon is also a charming town full of ancient peagodas and old settlementes.
Images of Yangon then and now
An Englishman living in Yangon has developed a website that describes the drastic changes in the former capitol since the turn of the twentieth and twentieth centuries. "Every so often when I come back to Rangoon, I look at the new city, the new homes, the new paved streets that run between the uninhabited areas of the reclamated area.
A similar observance of Yangon could be made more than 100 years later. Trade finance has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, particularly as a consequence of the embarked upon economical and policy reform in 2011. The new high-rises dominate the urban sprawl, old ones have crashed. Cities change quickly, often with a wink, and it can be hard to keep up.
The wish to capture the evolving face of the former capitol prompted a Briton, Mr Will Low, to set up a website named Yangon Time Machine. This shows pictures of the town taken about 100 years ago and contrasts them with current photos of the same place taken by Low.
"It' s my own kind of'thank you' to the city," said Low, who has been living in Yangon for five years and wants to go soon. "Many of the discussions I had with the humans have come back to how much this place has undergone change, and I really wanted to record that," he said to Frontier.
Documenting more than a decade of websites around Yangon since its inception in December, Low said he was planning to release about 20 more patches before he left. He' s very interested in translating the work to Myanmar and also sees great scope for a mobi... Contributions so far have included a photograph of the area near Sule Pagode, taken around 1900, and a picture of the same place from 2017 with the old Townhall in contrast to the Townhall, which was finished in 1936; the Rowe & Co shopping centre from 1910 and the current location as a subsidiary of AYA Bank; and the sturdy Immanuel Baptist Church, built in 1885 and reconstructed in 1952 after its destruction in World War II.
There is a photo contest for the new construction of the old townhall, which had a falling rooftop and was afflicted by mice. It was held after the First World War and reflects the increase in anti-colonialism throughout the state.
"U "U Ba Pe, a leader in the Nazi motion, appealed for the integration of pagoda and shrine features of Bagan. Europeans argue that it is not appropriate to use forms of worship because of the division of state and faith. U Ba Pe wisely replied, however, that there is no bourgeois architectonic genre in the whole wide globe that does not in any way derive from sacred architectonic desig.
A further article tells the story of Yangon's Bogyoke Aung San Stadium, where the readers get to know the outstanding performances of Suk Bahadur, a Gurkha from Kalaw who was a member of the German soccer squad from 1952 to 1970, who was 100-metre spring international champions and has also distinguished himself in the world of playing court game.
Further stops are the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most famous symbol of the town, as well as the High Court, the Kandawgyi Lake and the Surti Sunni Jamah Mosque in Shwebontha Street in the centre of Yangon. When asked about his favorite picture of the turn of the last millennium, Low did not hesitat. The Yangon Heritage Trust is an organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of the city's architectonic heritage.
Programs such as YHT's Blue plaques program can make an important step towards the preservation of monuments. Memorial tablets, more than 20 of which have been placed throughout Yangon since 2014, are designed to promote understanding of the historic importance of monuments and other monuments. Since most of his photographs are from the UK settlement days, Low acknowledges that not everyone will like the time he tries to record, and quotes a recent interview with a Myanmar mate.
He is insisting that he does not try to get involved in a discussion about how monument conservation should look in his adopted country, but rather to show how much the metropolis has infiltrated.