Rangoon City in which Country

Yangon city, where the country

Independent "We are at a turning point for Rangoon's architectonic heritage," said Burma based Thant Myint-U. "Several of the houses are not well-kept and reach a point where they just can't be refurbished and have to be torn down. "Today, as the road winds of old Japan ese-style steam edged with old steam and cracked sidewalks splattered with the crisp gore of walnut cows, it needs a jump in fancy to see Rangoon as it was a hundred years ago, when the export of rices and wood boosted the town and its amenities and community similarities.

Burma's central secretariat - the site of the murder of Burma's national independent character General Aung San, the son of today's democratic head Aung San Suu Kyi - is enclosed and used as a military base for a large policing operation in the town. "The fact that such structures have survive is more due to Burma's delayed growth than the firm will to get these precious stones.

While towns like Bangkok in Thailand have experienced a surge in growth, the center of Rangoon has stayed remarkable. "There is a great chance to refurbish the old building as part of an architectural project to make Rangoon one of the most attractive towns in Asia," said Thant Myint-U, writer of Burma's The River of Lost Fortsteps.

" Attempts to maintain these facilities as a tourist promotion policy would be particularly appropriate in view of the recent choice by the National League for Democracy - the Suu Kyi Party - to ease its resistance to overseas visitors to Burma. This kind of transition has already taken place in the governor's residence, a 1920s manor house in the diplomats' district of the town, which has been transformed into a luxurious resort.

Situated on the banks of Rangoon is the Strand Hotel with its lively bouncers, ancient flagstones and swirling overheads. It was constructed in 1901 and was a necessary stopover on a steamboat trip through Asia at the beginning of the twentieth-century but fell into decline under the rule of General Ne Win. Many of the city's most important old structures have survived, said YCDC senior engineering officer Dr. Zaw Win, although many, especially those in the possession of resettled departments, have been abandoned.

"Dr. Zaw Win said, "Some folks don't get the value of these structures. "Yangonis say that the close ranks of centuries-old homes that are off the cultural inheritance register are most at stake. "When a builder wants to construct on a plot of land, he can readily persuade the government to say that a house is hazardous and must be demolished," said an early 20th-century high-ceiling residentialist.

Our aim is not to make people aware of the old condition of our premises. Over and over again we see nice ruined structures. "In 1852, Britain annexed sub-Burma, Rangoon included. Suu Kyi is permitted to go out to welcome Yangon demonstrators.

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