5 Yangon Heritage Buildings You Should Not Miss

Strand Hotel from Yangon Heritage Building

Let’s explore today some of the Yangon Colonial Buildings. The city was built under the influence of the British Colony and still keep most of the buildings in good conditions. If you are interested in those kind of architecture’s gems stocked in the time, you will love our list of 5 Yangon Heritage Buildings You Should Not Miss. We also wrote a list of things to do in Yangon, that we hope you find useful.

Yangon City Hall

First of all, Yangon City Hall is the combination of British and Myanmar architectural styles. It includes one of the Yangon Heritage Buildings.

Yangon City Hall during day time
Yangon City Hall, the most impressive sample of Myanmar Architecture, bright spot of political demonstration for democracy

The city hall was the focal point for major political demonstrations.In 1964 nearly 200,000 people organized here and supported the leader of the peace, Thakhin Kodaw Hmaing.

Construction began in 1926 and completed in 1936. Myanmar architect U Tin designed Yangon City Hall with tiered roofs. Furthermore, he added Bagan Architectural Styles such as peacock and serpents to the building.

Strand Hotel Yangon

Strand Hotel is one of the prominent signs of colonialism in Myanmar. It is a Victorian Style hotel and one of the most famous hotels in Yangon. Furthermore, it is also dominant in South East Asia.

Interior Decoration of Strand Hotel Yangon
Strand Hotel, one of the most famous around South East Asia and also the most ancient colonial heritage hotel

The vice president of Strand would rather renovate than rebuild the hotel because he desired to keep the soul of this hotel. Finally, he just made interior renovations and retained the spirit of Strand.

It got the name of Strand because of its location on 92nd Strand Road. The Strand opened in 1901 and became the longest-running colonial heritage hotel in Myanmar.

Minister Office

It is a Victorian-Style building build up with red and yellow bricks. The building is in the form of U-shape and it is also part of the Yangon Heritage Buildings lists. The construction began in the late 18th century and cost 2.5 millions of Myanmar currency. Until 1972, the Government Secretariat was the name of the complex.

Frontal View of Minister's Office Yangon
Minister’s office where the commemoration of Myanmar Matyr’s Day and also the father of Myanmar Independence was assassinated

General Aung San, the father of Myanmar Independence, spent his working days here. On the 19th of July 1974, the terrorists assassinated General Aung San, six ministers and minder in this building. Myanmar Matyr’s Day is the commemoration of this day.

In November 2014, the president Barack Obama visited this place to honour the fallen. In addition, he provided supporting to Urban Development and Heritage Buildings protection.

General Aung San Museum

It is a dedication museum for the General Aung San. It is a two-stored building focused on the adult life of General Aung San. It also exhibits his clothing, books, furniture, family photos and the late general’s car.

Bogyoke Aung San Museum
This photo of Bogyoke Aung San Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The Ground Floor displays his educational achievements and photos of his life. You can see bedrooms, library and meeting room in the upper floor. The bronze statue of General Aung San is in the garden and the swimming pool is on either side.

Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market)

Bogyoke Aung San market ( Scott Market ) is famous for its colonial architecture. Moreover the cobble stone street of there make the market more dominant. It is one of the popular and most visited tourist attractions in Yangon.

Bogyoke Aung San Market
Bogyoke Aung San Market, where the collection of Myanmar mineral resources from all around the country

There are small antique shops on both sides of the ground and first floor. Old coins, bank-notes, postage stamps and medals can be discovered here. Furthermore, you can also find out Myanmar Handicraft, Myanmar Jade, Rubies and other precious stones. Many people considered that the British, James George Scott erected this market in 1926. Therefore it got the name of Scott Market. Although people renamed it Bogyoke Aung San Market, after the Independence in 1948.


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