Blue Plaque unveiled at Post-war Modernist Inya Lake Hotel
February 18, 2020
Yangon’s 36th Blue Plaque was unveiled at Inya Lake Hotel, located in Mayangone Township on 18th February 2020. The installation ceremony was attended by Deputy Mayor of Yangon City Development Committee U Soe Lwin, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar H.E. Nikolay A. Listopadov and invited guests. The Inya Lake Hotel is one of the important examples of post-war modernist buildings in Yangon. Built between 1958 and 1962, it was one of the most famous hotels in Rangoon (now Yangon).
The first Soviet-Burma trade agreement was signed in 1955 and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, then the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, made a high-profile state visit in December 1955. During the visit, the Soviet Union presented the Government of Myanmar with three gifts; one of which was the Inya Lake hotel.
The Director of Yangon Heritage Trust, Daw Moe Moe Lwin, said, “Inya Lake Hotel is one of the rare examples of post-war modern architecture landmarks in Myanmar. It is also a fine building of its period and has played an important role in the social history of Myanmar. Numerous social and commercial functions and events were held at this place, which can be considered one of the icons of Yangon.”