On August 9th 2014, Yangon’s first commemorative Blue Plaque was unveiled at City Hall to highlight the history of the landmark building. Built in several stages from 1925 to 1940, this unique structure was among the first large buildings to use a singular hybrid style that combines European design and structure with traditional Myanmar flourishes.
Beyond its singular architectural value, City Hall remains as the site of many of significant historical events. After the defeat of the Japanese in 1945, the Rangoon War Criminal Trial opened on March 22, 1946 and was held at City Hall, temporally converted into a courtroom. General Aung San’s last public speech was held at the balcony of the City Hall on July 13, 1947, only 6 days before he was assassinated. Since the 1930s, City Hall has been a focal point for major political demonstrations. During the 1950s, City Hall was the largest auditorium in the city, and a popular venue for hosting weddings, concerts, and other ceremonies. In the 1970s, the National Library was housed on the second floor.