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The El Dorado of Architectural Treasures

May 9, 2016 by K. Pang Phranakorn Soft | Filed Under: , , , , , , ,

Appreciating architecture in Myanmar might need more than a first glimpse. There are hidden treasures in places in which no one would look. Architectural contrast is one of the daily surprises your clients will encounter while travelling the various regions of Myanmar.

Yangon, the gateway destination for most travelers to Myanmar, is an El Dorado for architecture enthusiasts. The city is undergoing a transition where traditional and modern influences are creating a new city silhouette The city’s fascinating contrasts will keep travelers’ eyes busy, especially while strolling past old colonial buildings, each of which informs a chapter from Yangon’s storied heritage.

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In downtown Yangon, for example, a large percentage of the architecture was built during the British colonial era. Khiri Travel Myanmar offers a tour of the highlights of Yangon’s historic architecture. Called “Yangon Heritage Walk”, the tour includes the historical Telegraph Office, the City Hall, the elegant Strand Hotel and charming side alleys where your travelers can snatch an impression of the glory of previous times. This collection of colonial buildings is the largest and most well preserved in all of Southeast Asia. However, along with the colonial buildings, the countless pagodas, temples, churches and mosques give a distinctive character to a city where multiculturalism is integrated into daily life.

The architectural treasures upcountry are as diverse as the urban areas of the south. Consider the surprising differences showcased by the country’s two former capitals of ancient empire: Bagan and Mrauk U. While Bagan is famous for its thousands of pagodas, stupas and monuments built with red bricks, the ancient temple complexes in Mrauk U are built with solid stone blocks.

A main challenge in Myanmar is the maintenance, conservation and restoration of the country’s architectural heritage. Khiri Travel Myanmar does its best to actively support the conservation of heritage buildings. Our Yangon office is located in a colonial building that was renovated and rebuilt in a very modern and effective way. However, the renovation also reflects the character of Yangon’s authentic colonial heritage.

For more information about tours to Myanmar including Yangon and other historic and culturally rich destinations, please contact at [email protected]

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