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September 19, 2019

Ten historic buildings in Yangon to be converted into tourist attractions

The authorities will select 10 historic buildings in Yangon to transform them into tourist spots. The decision was taken at a recent meeting of Yangon’s Regional Tourism Committee.

Secretariat Building is one of the historic buildings in downtown Yangon.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

Currently, there are 200 buildings which are of architectural value in Yangon. The committee will select 10 buildings and develop them into tourist attractions.
“Bagan has been listed by the UNESCO. So, many more tourists are visiting Bagan these days. There are a few pagodas in Yangon Region, like Shwedagon and Botahtuang. But, there are many historic buildings in the region, comparable to those in the Southeast Asian region. Our committee plans to designate the ten best sites, in cooperation with the Yangon Heritage Trust. Those 10 buildings will become the symbols of Yangon Region, where tourists can pose for photos,” said an official from the committee.
Tourists usually get photos taken at famous spots and in front of beautiful buildings, and upload them on social media for families and friends to see. Thus, the government has to spend little on tourism promotion.
The Yangon Directorate Hotels and Tourism has reported that over 743,000 travellers visited Yangon in the seven months to July, which is an increase of 100,000 compared to the year-ago period. Currently, there are about 430 hotels and motels operating in the Yangon Region, according to government data. —Aye Cho
(Translated by Hay Mar)

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