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Yangon's arts & antiques

Yangon's arts & antiques

Lose yourself in Yangon's thriving art scene and pick up a treasure or two from some of the city's best antique dealers.

This tour begins in the area of Yangon known as "Golden Valley" at the New Treasure Gallery, established by Min Wai Aung, a Burmese artist famous for his paintings of monks. From here we'll head to two antiques shops, Augustine's and Madame Thair; both packed to the rafters with curios from various periods of Burmese history. The exuberant Madame Thair will be sure to entertain you with her charm and "everything is for sale" pitch! Next it's on to Dhamazedi Road where a row of small shops are packed full of antiques. Hidden among the dusty shelves are many treasures from the colonial era and before.

We'll stop for lunch at House of Memories Restaurant, a colonial-style mansion set in a beautiful garden. Once used as the BIA (Burma Independence Army) and BDA (Burma Defence Army) Head Quarters, the building is full of reminders of the people who embarked on the long walk toward Burmese independence. We'll have time to wander through the house looking at the historic remnants on display - including General Aung San's old office, which still contains his desk and typewriter.

Our afternoon of art starts at the River Gallery, located adjacent to The Strand Hotel. The gallery showcases the city's widest range of contemporary art, representing more than 30 artists at any given time. Next we'll visit the Lokanat Gallery, a non-profit gallery that features a small collection of traditional works as well as special exhibits by current Burmese artists.

We will continue to Pansodan Arts, where the knowledgeable curator will show you upstairs to the store room where hundreds of paintings are tucked away, including war-time propaganda, neo-classical works, and classic line drawings and photographs. Before leaving downtown we'll visit the newest addition to Yangon's arts scene: Sule Eain. Located adjacent to Sule Paya, this loft-style space features rotating exhibitions by contemporary painters.

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