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Historic Yangon

1 Day Yangon Sighseeing Program

Tour code: GDT 004

yangon-15Day 1 Arrive Yangon. Meet and greet at airport and check in at hotel. A brief rest and start walking tour of Yangon CBD. The tour will start in front of Maha Bandoola Park and go towards the East. This area was said to be waterlogged in olden days with the Sule pagoda on an island. When the new town plan for Yangon was designed Sule Pagoda was made the central hub of the new city and the water was drained and the land reclaimed. The Park was first named Fytche Square in honour of the British colonial Governor of Yangon but was renamed as Maha Bandoola Park after Independence. The Independence Monument stands now in the centre of the Park where the statue of Queen Victoria once stood. Walking towards the East is Rowe & Co, a high end shopping mall for the elites of Yangon society and the Immanuel Baptist Church. Further on the corner of Pansodan(previous Phyre Street) is the Central Telegraph. Pansodan is the heart of Yangon CBD. Walking towards the water front one will see the imposing High Court building on your right. Crossing the Merchant Street at the traffic lights the first building on the right would be Rander House, where now the Internal Revenue Department has its offices. The corner room, however, used to be the British Council Library before 1964. Opposite is the Randeria Building where Lawkanat Gallery is situated. It was previously known as Sofaer Building as it belonged to a Baghdadi Jews by the name of Sofaer. Then further on would be the ex-Grindley's Bank building and the offices of the Inland Water Transport(IWT). This beautiful building was known as Irrawaddy Chambers and was the headquarters of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company until the Myanmar took over after Independence.Then the Myanmar Port Authority (Port Commissioners' ) building is on the left of you. At the corner of Bank street(previous Shah Farez) is the Peoples' Bank 2 building. The ground floor facing the Bank Street also housed USIS Library previously. Finally turning back towards our starting point is the Police Court building. It had undergone many phases in its life. Starting as the Police Courts during the British times it became the Law Courts building and the Police Commissioner's Office after Independence. Then after 1962 the Burma Socialist Programme Party(BSPP) had its headquarters there.After 1988 the building reverted back into a Law Courts building. Now it is undergoing renovation with plans to open a high class hotel. At the corner of Merchant Street and Sule Pagoda Road is the Myawady Bank. It had also gone through many stages in life. Starting first as the Reserve Bank of India before Myanmar gained Independence it became the Union Bank of Burma during the Parliamentary government's time. Then the name was changed to Central Bank after 1974.  On the corner of Sule Pagoda Road and Mahabandoola Road(previous Dalhousie Road) is the building where the Ministry of Hotels & Tourism stood until 2005.

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