Ah Lin Saing Gallery Café

The ul­ti­mate art-lover’s refuge

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Weekend - BY LAE PHYU PYAR MYO MYINT

S it a mu­seum? Is it an art gallery? No, it’s Ah Lin Saing.

Since its open­ing two months ago, Ah Lin Saing Gallery Café has been the talk of town for writers, mu­si­cians, po­ets and their friends.

The café lo­cated on Pyi­daungsu road (North Okkalapa) is a refuge for art-lovers in Yan­gon. Ev­ery­thing at Ah Lin Saing sig­nals a fond­ness for art in all its forms Right by the en­trance a sign board reads “Art area - Al­co­hol free zone - But, wine is avail­able” (no Wifi ei­ther, to keep the cre­ative en­ergy fo­cused on artis­tic en­deav­ours per­haps?”).

Still by the en­trance is a por­trait of Htoo Eain Thin, one of the most iconic Burmese singer and poet who died on 2004. A se­lec­tion of the most beau­ti­ful lyrics from this pop­u­lar singer’s songs adorns many of his por­traits.

The walls of the café are lit­er­ally cov­ered with paint­ings of artists un­known and fa­mous ones alike.

In Ah Lin Saing, wher­ever you lay your eyes, you will find art. Ex­cerpts of po­ems are on the ta­bles, sculp­tures ev­ery cor­ner, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments dan­gle from the ceil­ing.

But the place is not a hip­ster’s Mecca. Many art pieces are Myan­mar tra­di­tional.

You won’t find a pompous leather sofa at Ah Lin Saing, only ar­ti­san wooden ta­bles and chairs for guests to sit on. The fa­cade of a lit­tle red-brick house has been built around the bar. The at­mos­phere is ex­tremely chill. So chill than any­one can just grab a cou­ple of in­stru­ments and start to play . “Some­times, fa­mous artists come and cre­ate their own mu­sic and songs”, says Ma Ei, owner. Live mu­sic is on of­fer ev­ery Satur­day. If Ah Lin Saing Café has a lot for artists, gourmets will not be dis­ap­pointed ei­ther.

The cur­ries are ex­cel­lent and rather cheap (a mut­ton curry for ex­am­ple costs K 3500 and will keep you full for a while). Snacks and frit­ters of all sorts are be­ing served for K1500. Juices cost around K1000.

But what you are re­ally go­ing to Ah Lin Saing Gallery Café for is the at­mos­phere.

I have com­plained many times that Myan­mar does not in­vest enough in cul­ture, thus pri­vate ini­tia­tives such as Ah Lin Saing Gallery Café are more than wel­come.

Let the es­presso and the cre­ative juice flow. Ad­dress: No. 1051, Pyi Htaung Su Rd., 38 Quar­ter, North Dagon Town­ship Yan­gon Con­tact no: 09444513720 Trans­la­tion by Zaw Nyuntw

Photo: Sup­plied

Trans­la­tion by Zaw Nyunt

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