January 24, 2016

2241 MYANMAR (Yangon Region) - View of Yangon

2241 Yangon: on left - City Hall; on background - High Court;
on right - Sule Pagoda.

Yangon (also known as Rangoon, literally: "End of Strife"), the former capital of Myanmar (Burma), is the country's largest city and has the largest number of colonial buildings in Southeast Asia. Colonial Yangon, with its spacious parks and lakes and mix of modern buildings and traditional wooden architecture, was known as "the garden city of the East." Downtown Yangon is still mainly made up of decaying colonial buildings.

Yangon City Hall, designed by Burmese architect U Tin and built between 1926 and 1936, is considered a fine example of syncretic Burmese architecture, featuring traditional tiered roofs called pyatthat. The former High Court Building is an iconic colonial-era building, designed by architect James Ransome, and built between 1905 and 1911. It is noted for its British Queen Anne Style architecture, including its clock tower and its red-bricked exterior.

The Sule Pagoda is a Burmese stupa which occupying the centre of the city, and, according to legend, it was built during the time of the Buddha, making it more than 2,500 years old. It has been the focal point of both Yangon and Burmese politics, serving as a rallying point in both the 1988 uprisings and 2007 Saffron Revolution. It is believed to enshrine a strand of hair of the Buddha. The dome structure, topped with a golden spire, extends into the skyline, marking the cityscape.

About the stamps
The stamps are part of a series of eight, issued on September 2, 2013, to celebrate the 27th Southeast Asian Games, which took place in Myanmar between 11 and 22 December 2013.

Yangon City Hall - Wikipedia
High Court Building (Yangon) - Wikipedia
Sule Pagoda - Wikipedia

Sender: Pumipat
Sent from Yangon (Yangon Region / Myanmar), on 29.12.2015

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