Former courts awarded blue plaque as Myanmar's city heritage

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-05 11:21:10|Editor: Li Xia
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YANGON, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Former New Law Courts in downtown Yangon of Myanmar has been awarded a blue plaque from the Yangon Heritage Trust as a mark of the structure's historic significance, cultural heritage and enduring legacy, according to the Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) Monday.

The former New Law Courts, now the Rosewood Yangon Hotel, is the 31st site to receive a blue plaque on Sunday to serve as a historic marker.

"Those heritages will pass on to future generations. Yangon region is aimed to be shaped as a liveable economic capital through sustainable development and heritage conservation, " said Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein.

Founder and Chairman of the YHT Than Myint U called for redeveloping the area around the hotel in a way that will protect unparalleled heritage, thanking master craftsman, artisans and designers who worked tirelessly to strike a delicate balance conservation and modernization.

The New Law Courts building was constructed between 1927 and 1931 and the former Burma Socialist Program Party, led by U Ne Win, used the building as its headquarters from 1965 until 1988.

The building was once again sited as Yangon Region Office complex, including Yangon Region Court and public offices.

In 2012, tenders were invited from private developers and the building has been renovated since 2014 to become the Rosewood Yangon Hotel, under a lease agreement between the Prime Residence Company and the Yangon region government.