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April 07, 2020

Pegu Club gets blue plaque from heritage trust

Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and unveil the blue plaque at the Pegu Club in Yangon yesterday. Photo : Aye Min Thu

The Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) awarded its 30th Blue Plaque to the historic Pegu club, located on Zegawa Street in Dagon Township of Yangon Region on 30 May.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Region Hluttaw Speaker U Tin Maung Tun, YHT Founder and Chairman Dr. Thant Myint U, and officials attended the ceremony for installing the plaque at the club.
“Every historical building has its exact background and that will be preserved from generation to generation. The Blue Plaques will give the historical background and other information when people visit the buildings. If those historical buildings didn’t exist, future generations would not get a chance to know their history,” said U Phyo Min Thein, the Chief Minister of Yangon Region.
The Yangon Heritage Trust’s Founder and Chairman, Dr. Thant Myint U, said Pegu Club was the premier social club of British-Burma and the heart of Yangon.
“In its new incarnation, the club should seek to overturn history and be the opposite of what the club was in colonial times, educating Burmese people about the ills of colonialism. That would be an imaginative and fitting use for this wonderful renovation,” he said.
The original Pegu Club was founded in 1871, and was relocated to its current address in 1882. The club was reconstructed in 1921, and the Prince of Wales Great Hall was added to the building. Pegu Club was well-known for its cocktails, which were popular all over the world in 1930.
In 1965, the club was closed down and transformed into a barrack for military officers. For many years now, the KT Group has been leasing the club for parties and events.—Zar Ni Maung
(Translated by La Wonn)

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