After ten months of extensive restoration, a heritage building on the Merchant Street in Yangon’s Downtown stands gracefully. The twelveth Blue Plaque of YHT was installed on this two-storied colonial building which is home to around 80 people and a mix of commercial and residential uses in Kyauktada Township on April 29, 2016.
Renovation was started at the over 100-year-old heritage building in July 2015 by Yangon Heritage Trust and an international NGO Turquoise Mountain in partnership with the Prince of Wales’ Foundation, and funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, and Alphawood Foundation through Global Heritage Fund. The project aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the value of Yangon’s heritage among local people, authorities and the government, and to link with and help inform wider urban planning initiatives. It seeks to retain the community in and around the building and to enable a mutually sustainable future.
The blue plaque commemoration by the Yangon Heritage Trust also marked the building as the city’s first building conserved according to international best practice.