The City Hall, Yangon

  • Location: In Yangon
  • Designed by: U Tin
  • Completed: In 1936
  • Attractions: A fine example of Burmese architecture, featuring traditional tiered roofs


Yangon is a fascinating city today because it is home to some intact collections of 19th and 20thcentury colonial buildings in Asia, composed of administrative government and state buildings as well as buildings from significant commercial enterprises. Among them, the City Hall is an outstanding point.

Centrally located in downtown Yangon, the City Hall is the largest city hall of Myanmar and the seat of the city’s administrative body, Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). It is next to several important landmarks namely Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandula Park, High Court and the Main Post Office.

The building is considered a fine example of British Myanmar architecture, featuring traditional three-tiered roofs called pyatthat, and traditional Myanmar iconography of peacocks and serpents. It was designed by Burmese architect U Tin, who also designed Central Railway Station. Construction began in 1926 and ended in 1936. The site was once occupied by the Ripon Hall but was replaced by the current building in 1936.

The city hall has been the focal point of several major political demonstrations, including a 1964 People's Peace Committee rally supported by Thakin Kodaw Hmaing, which attracted 200,000 people and was subsequently clamped down by the Socialist regime and the site of several bombings, including one in 2000, 2008, and 2009.

Taking a stroll around the City Hall, you can catch many landmarks. To the east is the building of the Supreme Court, which is painted in red, yellow color equally. This Victorian building was constructed between 1905 and 1911. A short distance to the west is the famous Strand hotel constructed in 1901. At that time, the Oriental hotel in Bangkok and the Strand hotel in Yangon were among the best hotels in is the south Asia. Later, it was restored and furnished with modern facilities. Besides, advance to the west is the Office of Myanmar Harbor authority with an uprising tower in the Pansodan Street and the Yangon Division court resembles Queen-Ann-Style English architecture.

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