Monday, 29 February 2016 10:46

We Love Kyauktada

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You can’t say your venture of Yangon is complete if you miss out the buzzing scenes of Kyauktada. A home to various iconic colonial buildings such as YCDC, the High Court Building, Strand Hotel and the Embassies of Australia, India and UK, Kyauktada Township is the heart of commercial district of the city. . However, its colonial heritage is at risk from decades of neglect and more pressingly, a new wave of intense pressure for rapid urban development. The three significantly tallest buildings in Yangon such as Sule Shangri-La, Sakura Tower and Center Point Tower are grandly situated in Kyauktada as well.

Eat

Junior Duck Restaurant

It is located near Nanthidar Yangon Jetty compound, a 20-minute walk away from Sule Pagoda. Everyone’s favourite is its Chinese Menu and thee roast duck is an obvious must! The service is fast and the prices are affordable. They also offer an indoor playground for the kids, and an outdoor balcony to take in the views of Yangon River and cool down in the breeze.

Nanthidar Compound, Strand Road

01-249 421

 

Ingyin Nwe South Indian Food Center

Goat Brains! Yes, this shop is quite well-known for its excellent goat’s brain curry. Mutton Curry, Chapati, and Dosa with a variety of south Indian foods are also on their menu.

The place is tidy enough for your busy Yangon Downtown, and the price is affordable.

Corner of 31st Street and Anawyahta Road

 

Thiripyitsaya Sky Bistro (Thai Restaurant)

This is a good place for Tom Yam lovers. Its Tom Yam soup is available in either Prawn or Chicken or Fish. Chicken Pesto Pasta and Thai Spicy Seafood Salad are the other meals popular among Burmese. The place is normally crowded with tourists in the evening as it offers Yangon’s night view with a relaxing atmosphere. If you prefer a quieter time, visit during lunch time. The restaurant is quite spacious and a suitable place for a meeting or a private party. High-speed free Wi-Fi is another plus point.

339, BogyokeAung San Road

01-255277

 

Bharat (India)

Smaller and less crowded in comparison to its other Indian restaurants in the city; Bharat offers simple yet tasty and inexpensive south Indian food. Quite suitable for vegetarians as its Dosas, costing 1000 Ks, and the Rice Thalis, 2000 Ks, are really good.

356, MaharBandoola Road

01- 382253

 

Shops

Ruby Mart Shopping Centre

This large supermarket furnished with a collection of western branded products offers all kinds of fashionable dresses, accessories, tissues, napkins, dry foods, cosmetics and toiletries, meats and bone meals, etc. There is also a children's playground, food court and halal bakery as well as free Wi-Fi.

Corner of Pansodan and BogyokeAung San Road

01-398246

 

Electronic Shops at Anawrahta Street

This is the exact spot where you can find many shops selling computers, laptops (branded from Lenovo, Acer, HP, Dell and Toshiba, etc.) computer parts and accessories. Some local software and games shops are also in this area.

Between 38th and 37th street, Anawrahta Street

Things to do

Sule Pagoda

Being a vital landmark of Yangon and squarely settled right in the centre of a busy commercial district, Sule Pagoda has historical and cultural significance. Open daily from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and the entry is free for local visitors but costs about 2 USD per person for foreigners.

 

Pansodan Street & Strand Road

Despite WWII and natural disasters, Yangon still has a large collection of 19th and early 20th-century buildings which tells the stories of its Colonial past. The largest concentration is on Pansodan Street and Strand Road. The former, especially its lower block, was once considered the central business district in Yangon. The street was lined with banks, department stores and offices. e Strand road was the first street to be developed by the British for commerce and trade.

 

Lokanat Gallery Building (The former Sofaer’s Building)

Commissioned by a Jewish trader, it was one of the first commercial complexes. The building was built in 1906. The gallery was established on the first floor in 1971 making it the city’s oldest gallery. The building’s floor tiles are very unique, said to be exported from Italy during the colonial era.

 

High Court

Two lion statues on its roof, this high court portrays the might of the British Empire. The building’s architecture was designed in such a way to scare the potential criminals.

 

Myanmar Port Authority Building

Yangon Port was once the third busiest in the British Empire and this immense building reflects its importance. Look for the wave-inspired stucco work and the sculptures of ships and anchors on the face of the building.

Corner of Pansodan Street and Strand Road

 

Yangon Heritage Trust

This is a non-profit organization led by the grandson of former UN secretary, U Thant. The trust aims to protect and promote Yangon's urban heritage and they organise walking tours which lead you through the heart of old Yangon with stories and anecdotes from its colourful and layered history.
 
22/24, 1st floor, Pansodan Street (lower block)

 

Myanmar Book Centre

This is the ideal place for book worms. Thousand of academic articles and education books are on sale at reasonable prices. If you are eagerly looking for the bestselling books in Myanmar, this book centre is sure to have it.

561-567, Room (3), Ground Floor, MAC Tower (1), Merchant Street

01- 370 532, 01-384 508

 

Places to stay

Strand Hotel

Built in 1901 and situated beside the Yangon River, this beautifully restored colonial hotel includes a vast and welcoming lobby, spacious, and comfortable rooms. It was the first building to be powered by electricity in Myanmar during the colonial days. During the WWII, the Japanese stabled horses in the hotel’s bar. The hotel was built by the famous Raffles brother.

92, Strand Road

01-243 377

 

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