Let’s get to know Yangon City’s Heritage Sites

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As you all know, Yangon is the city with the most British colonial era buildings in Myanmar. All of them are in Yangon City’s Heritage lists which consists of 188 structures and which is largely made up of mostly religious structures and British colonial era buildings. Let’s get to see some of the sites this time.

ွSaint Mary's Cathedral

Saint Mary’s Cathedral

Saint Mary’s Cathedral is a cathedral located in Bo Aung Kyaw Street in Botahtaung Township and was designed by Dutch architect Joseph Cuypers, son of Pierre Cuypers. The cathedral is the largest in Myanmar. Located on the grounds of the cathedral is Basic Education High School No. 6, which is locally known as “Saint Paul’s High School”, although it has no religious affiliation with the Catholic Church today. Construction began in 1895 and was completed 19 November 1899.

 

Yangon City Hall

Yangon City Hall

Yangon City Hall is the city hall of Yangon and is the seat of the city’s administrative body Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The building is considered as a fine example of syncretic Burmese architecture, featuring traditional tiered roofs called pyatthat. It was designed by Burmese architect U Tin who also designed Central Railway Station. Construction began in 1926 and ended in 1936. The city hall occupies the former site of the Ripon Hall. Centrally located in downtown Yangon, it is next to several important landmarks such as Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandula Park, High Court, and the Main Post Office.

 

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue is the last remaining Jewish house of worship in Downtown Yangon and Myanmar’s only synagogue. It is located in 26th street Yangon. The synagogue was built for the increasing numbers of Baghdadi Jews from the Middle East and Bene Israel and Cochini Jews from India arriving during Burma’s Colonial era. It serves the few remaining Jews of the country – mostly descendants of Sephardic Jewish Iraqis.

 

High Court Building

The former High Court Building is an iconic colonial-era building located between Maha Bandula Garden Street and Pansodan Street in Kyauktada Township, downtown Yangon. Until 2006, the Supreme Court of Myanmar was located at this complex. The High Court Building was designed by architect James Ransome.Construction of the High Court began in 1905 and was completed in 1911, and is noted for its British Queen Anne Style architecture including its clock tower and its red-bricked exterior.

These are just a few outstanding sites in the Yangon City Heritage List. You will find many more fascinating sites when you come to Yangon. So, do visit Yangon, visit these site and book Yangon Hotels with Jovago!!!

 

 

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