Heritage Building Walking Tour Yangon, Myanmar

by wired2theworld on May 31, 2016

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Walking around Yangon, you can’t help but notice the mix of new construction, golden pagodas, and the crumbling faded glory of beautiful old buildings, many built between 1900 and 1930. I’ve always been fascinated in architecture, both old and new, so taking a walking tour to check out some of the heritage buildings of Yangon seemed like a slam dunk.

On our last day in Burma took an architectural walking tour of the city done by Robert Percival, an Australian living in Yangon. As far as I can tell he’s still there doing these tours at http://opening-up-burma-travel.info/. Unlike the food tour, we enjoyed every minute of this one.

Scroll down as we walk through Yangon to see intricately carved wooden decorations, street-side secretaries, and people protesting the government via a sit-in (something not even possible a few short years ago). We’ll eat eat freshly cooked naan bread, and walk through a building with the first working elevator in “Rangoon” now filled with squatters and rats as big as cats.

The first stop was a neighborhood which is now predominately Indian, but also has a catholic church and 1920’s Islamic inspired architecture. From there, it was exploring the remnants of colonial architecture and poking around the insides of crumbling buildings (with permission, of course).

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

 

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Catholic Church during Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Cat at the catholic church

Catholic Church during Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Catholic Church during Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- Little India

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- built in 1922

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- we climbed up those stairs to look at out at the aqua colored building across the street. The wood detail was stunning.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- fresh naan bread for pennies.

 

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

This building doesn’t look like much on the outside but the view from the top of the park and surrounding buildings was spectacular.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- inside the stairwell.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- last time painted?

Protesters doing a long term “sit-in” across from the government building.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon- our tour guide Bob.

The buildings have so much decay and moisture that there are plants growing out of every crevice.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Some buildings had squatters cooking over open fires inside.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

This is a former law office building which had the first elevator in Yangon. Like many of the structures we visited, it’s filled with squatters and/or people paying $70 a year to live such “splendor” which included either no (or pirated) electricity, no running water, toilets in the hall and rats the size of cats amid the garbage, but with this glorious wrought iron elevator (now no longer working). Faded glamour for sure and crazy beautiful details amid the ruined buildings. I’m afraid much of this will disappear soon enough to make way for “progress”.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

The inside air shaft of the law office building. Imagine the bottom filled with garbage and teeming with rats. Yep. Really.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Street-side secretaries; these ladies will type up anything you need for a fee.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

This last building was right around the corner from our hotel and has beautiful but moldering woodwork inside.

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

Heritage Building Tour Yangon

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