EVERYDAY HERITAGE

FROM ALLEYWAYS TO RESTAURANTS, RESTORATION IS EVERYWHERE IN YANGON. HERE ARE A FEW SPOTS TO CHECK OUT

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TOURISM BURMA BUILDING

About 80 people live in this sandy yellow historic building and supported a renovation, turning it into one of Yangon’s first heritage buildings to be restored. On the ground level there are local tea shops, a hair salon and a wine seller. Up top are apartments housing Burmese families. turquoisemountain.org

SECRETARIAT BUILDING

The red bricked Secretariat Building ( pictured below right) was once the home and administrative seat of British Burma. The six-hectare estate is slowly being upgraded with new gardens, a cafe and exhibition spaces. The renovation project is currently in the hands of Yangon Heritage Trust and is anticipated to be completed this year.

ALLEYWAY PROJECTS

Doh Eain, a social enterprise that renovates private properties and upgrades alleyways, is converting back lanes commonly filled with trash into spaces full of art and play equipment for children ( pictured below left). Take a walk down 27th and 29th streets, or the alley between 31st and 32nd streets, to see the results. doheain.com

BURMA BISTRO

Burma Bistro ( pictured above left) is a contemporary Burmese restaurant on the corner of Shwe Bon Thar and Merchant Street. It’s up a well-worn stairwell that suddenly opens to a large stately property with columns and a sweeping veranda. The owners renovated the heritage property to maintain its signature high ceilings, original floor tiles and exposed brick wall. burmabistro.net

GEKKO

One of Yangon’s most sophisticated restaurants, Gekko ( pictured above right) features a dimly lit bar with wooden counters and a salon upstairs, all housed in a colonial- era building. Yangon Heritage Trust named it the best example of adaptive reuse last year. With a selection of sushi and cocktails, this spot is a great stopover after a day of sightseeing. gekkoyangon.com

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