Bogyoke Aung San Museum, Rangoon

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15 Bogyoke Aung San Lane, Bahan, Rangoon 541359

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    Home of a national hero.

    by planxty Updated Mar 2, 2006

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    Bogyoke Aung San museum, Yangon, Myanmar.
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    It's difficult to overstate the importance of Bogyoke Aung San in the Burmese national psyche. Effectively the founder of the modern nation he is completely revered and his statue is to be found just about everywhere. Additionally, every settlement of any significance has a street named after him, indeed, one of the main roads in Yangon is named for him.

    The museum, which is just about signposted, is actually not very impressive, but is a pleasant glimpse of an old colonial home, complete with teak floors and comparatively spartan furniture. I was shown round, and courteously given tea, by the Curator, but this is very obviously a Government place. When shown pictures of the man's children, Aung san Suu Kyi, his daughter and leader of the anti-government faction, was described, without a trace of humour or irony, as the "ugly one there".

    The man told me that Aung San liked to live frugally and that was why there were so few clothes and personal effects in the house. I subsequently found out that most of them were in the National Defence Services Museum! You can pass a pleasant hour here, but it's not really worth going out of your way for. The best thing is the beautiful old car (pictured) rusting away in the garage.

    The $3US admission fee (despite what the website says) goes straight to the Government.

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    • Historical Travel

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