Rangoon Capital

Yangon capital

Cyclone winds tore off the roof over this jetty on the Rangoon River in Dala Township. Resettlement in Burma's former capital. By Donald M. Seekins. Technician Department Curated exhibition "Crab Rangoon Club" in Capital One.

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Rangoon (Yangon) the former Burmese capitol (Myanmar)

Yangon has been re-named Yangon and is no longer the capitol of Myanmar (Burma), but it is still the trading center and your primary gateway to Myanmar. There are colorful hawkers, lively pubs, but also first-class local eateries and hostels. A wider variety of choices during your journey to Myanmar.

Swedagon is the holiest of the pagodas in Yangon. Set in the centre of Yangon is the Sule Lagoon. The Botataung Puagoda allows the visitor to take a stroll in theuagoda.

It' the way the old capital's falling apart.

On the unlighted roads of Yangon, the old building towers like ghosts from another era and another place. That was perhaps the intent of the UK architects who placed these magnificent old office blocks in this lush greenery. They became a sign of their richness and might and their desire to create an area where the sundown would never be.

However, on recent afternoons, when the town comes to live outside, the noise of sleigh-hamming is never far away. More and more building have vanished every few times I go to Yangon, sometimes even whole roads. Yangon is the last town in a land that has much of its architectonic legacy and has its own people.

After 2005, the situa-tion became even more tragic when the army juntas relocated the capitol to Naypyidaw, about 320 km northern of Yangon. Deserted administration houses from Colonies became even more decay. However, even today it is not too difficult to envision the whole town' s metropolitan ambience as you walk through the street of Yangon' s commercial area.

It had been a local pilgrim center even before 1852, when the Brits integrated Rangoon, as they named the city, into the Raj. Having looted the Shwedagon, which they used as a stronghold, the Brits re-built the lower part of the city on a geometric bar. Over the following years Yangon became a hub of commerce and one of the most bustling harbours in the UK Isles.

Raj disapproved of the mix of architectural genres within a particular town. Said to their consultant James Ransome that he should "not erect Mongrel buildings" and commissioned him to create "Calcutta Classic, Bombay Gothic, Madras Saracenic, Rangoon Renaissance". Although some of these were hybrids themselves, renowned UK designers tried to create Yangon structures that would not attract attention in downtown London or Liverpool.

In the early twentieth centuries, more migrants than locals lived in the Yangon area. It is a place where there is a mosque, a church and even a temple standing side by side with Buddhist shrines and Sikh waras, which together surpass the Buddhist Pagoda. Large commercial banking houses, bureaus and shopping malls squatted impressive structures. It is one of the most renowned of these and was christened after the Sofaer dynasty, the Baghdad Jews who made it.

At its height, the sofa house was home to stores selling luxury imports such as liquors and smokes, a Vienna café, a Japan based clinic and the Reuters pressroom. A further memory of the Raj is the Pegu Club. His Teakwood Hall was once a popular meeting place for UK officials, as George Orwell described it in "Burmese Days".

In the Pegu Club Rudyard ate Ki-pling and heard the story that later inspired his famed poetry "Road to Mandalay". Pegu Club, the sofa and 187 other facilities, among them the historic secretariat, are protected as historical monuments. However, for the Yangon Heritage Trust, which is committed to a major development scheme, it is not enough to save a few icons.

The next few years will be crucial in the battle against the clock to protect Yangon's legacy. Yangon could become a great place to visit if a balance is established and put into effect between planning, zones and nature protection legislation. However, if the developer is given free rein and the reckless modernization reflects the remainder of the area, Yangon could look like any other major metropolis in Southeast Asia.

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