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The struggle to save Yangon’s architectural heritage

The struggle to save Yangon’s architectural heritage

Here, on Bogolay Zay Street amid the moss-covered, weather-stained, early-20th Century facades in the historic centre of the city, the history of the colonial buildings that make up old Rangoon, once the capital of Burma, begins to come into focus.

To the right, the former residence of famed Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda; to the left, one can still see the signage for the Young Women’s Christian Association, circa 1902.

Other heritage buildings in the city have not been as fortunate. Developers and landowners made money building larger and newer structures, while most of the city’s infrastructure went into disrepair when the military government took power in 1962.

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