SPDC Cultural Perspectives
|Title:|| ||Remaking Rangoon
|Date of publication:|| ||July 2003|
|Description/subject:|| ||"Rangoon’s modernization drive in preparation for the 2006 Asean Summit is destroying the capital’s architectural heritage...
A house of teak and brick in Botataung Township in Rangoon is being razed to make way for a taller, more modern skyscraper. The house was full of charm at the turn of the 20th century, and was one of many buildings that earned the Burmese capital the reputation as the "Pearl of the Orient".
"My house was beautiful and in good condition considering it was nearly 100 years old," said the 50-year-old owner, as he watched his home being demolished. But now he is more pragmatic than sentimental. "As the new ones are coming, the old ones have to go," he added.
In the first half of the last century Rangoon was a model for other Southeast Asian cities. Famed for its many buildings of religious, historical and architectural significance, the city was a hybrid of colonial charm and unique Burmese splendor. The great traditional houses of the city were built from teak, with grand spired roofs, decorated eaves and crafted paneling. But now much of that has been thrown into the dustbin of history..."|
|Author/creator:|| ||Kyaw Zwa Moe|
|Source/publisher:|| ||"The Irrawaddy" Vol. 11, No. 6|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||06 November 2003|