Myanmar Business Today, 24 May 2017: The Yangon Heritage Trust has identified some 6,000 heritage buildings in Yangon.
The Myanmar Ministry of Culture has released draft laws for heritage conservation, but heritage groups say the laws say little about urban conservation.
YCDC, heritage trust to press on with conservation law
Myanmar Times, 05 May 2015
The release of two draft heritage protection laws last month blindsided Yangon’s main heritage preservation group and the municipal authorities, who have been working together on a conservation law to protect the city’s heritage buildings.
However, both say a dedicated conservation law for Yangon will still be needed, even if the new draft laws are enacted.
Drafted by the Ministry of Culture, the laws were published in state-run media on April 19 and 20.
Contacted for comment after the laws were released, both Yangon Heritage Trust and Yangon City Development Committee said they had not yet read the drafts and requested more time to comment.
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Yangon is home to a number of historically significant buildings, but its quick modernisation from the country’s opening up to the world threatens this flavour.
The struggle to save Yangon’s architectural heritage
BBC News, 09 February 2015
Shepherding a flock of tourists through the traffic-congested streets of Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, a local tour guide shouts over the roar of oncoming vehicles.
Here, on Bogolay Zay Street amid the moss-covered, weather-stained, early-20th Century facades in the historic centre of the city, the history of the colonial buildings that make up old Rangoon, once the capital of Burma, begins to come into focus.
To the right, the former residence of famed Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda; to the left, one can still see the signage for the Young Women’s Christian Association, circa 1902.
In the distance is the city’s most iconic building – The Secretariat – where General Aung San, the metaphorical father of modern Myanmar and actual father of Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was assassinated in 1947.
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