Asia

Myanmar: the great relic restoration

Restoring what is left of colonial Burma’s architectural heritage in today’s democratic Myanmar is a costly and complicated business. Will foreign investment come to the rescue? 


 

Your first step into the inky blackness of the corridor is met with a cacophony of angry squeaks. There are rats somewhere in the darkness, and they do not want you there.

Welcome to the Pegu Club in Yangon. Once the most famous gentleman’s club in South-East Asia – the centre of the British social scene in colonial Burma – but now a rotting relic. Built in 1882 to serve British Army officers, it…

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