Street by Sreet: the Colonial Quarter

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Following the Third Anglo-Burmese War of 1885, the colonial capital on the banks of the Yangon River witnessed a dramatic building boom, with the Sule Pagoda its centerpiece and the riverfront its  grandilo quent gate way. Today, this group of late-19th- and early-20th- century buildings in downtown Yangon is the largest of its kind in the  world, a miraculous vestige of the era when old Rangoon was one of Asia’s most affluent, cosmopolitan cities. However, after decades of neglect, several of the once grand edifices have become derelict, and the 2011 move of the Myanmar government to Naypyitaw has left many of them empty. In recent years, dozens of century-old structures have also been demolished to make way for modern concrete blocks.

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