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YANGON HISTORIC CITY CENTER

YANGON HISTORIC CITY CENTER
Yangon, Myanmar
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BACKGROUND

A hundred years ago, Yangon was one of the leading trade cities of Asia, home to people from across the globe. Today in historic downtown Yangon, alongside ancient Buddhist pagodas and monasteries are churches of various denominations, over a dozen mosques, a Hindu Parsi, a Sikh temple, a Jewish synagogue, and the country’s only Armenian church. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The conditions in Yangon offer opportunities to frame heritage conservation in a new era of sustainability concerns and a newly emerging modern city. Heritage conservation can serve as a vital component in economic, environmental, and social policy. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The dynamic between this rich built environment and the diverse population of the city has created a unique cultural melting pot. Yangon is also a place of greenery enriched by huge trees, placid lakes, and significant parkland areas composed of wide streets and tree-lined boulevards. (...)

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World Monuments Fund2014 Paul Mellon Lecture: Saving Yangon’s Historic City Center
February, 2014

Each year since 2003, the World Monuments Fund Paul Mellon Lecture has been presented in New York and London by leading scholars or specialists in the field of historic preservation. For the 2014 Paul Mellon Lecture, Dr. Thant Myint-U discussed the progress made to preserve one of the most spectacular early twentieth-century urban landscapes in Asia, and the challenges to come. Thant Myint-U is a historian and author, and the founder and chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust.
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IN THE MEDIA
Saving Yangon: Heritage on the Line
The Irrawaddy, Monday, March 16, 2015
History Needs Help
Bangkok Post, Monday, March 9, 2015
Myanmar shelves projects
The Diplomat, Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The square mile
The Economist, Saturday, January 31, 2015
Forum Calls for Prioritizing Rangoon’s Heritage
The Irrawaddy, Monday, January 19, 2015