Myanmar: U Thant home to be a museum

 
 
Daw Aye Aye Thant, daughter of U Thant, the former UN Secretary-General, together with Chief minister of Yangon Myint Swe as they cut a ribbon during the soft opening of U Thant's as a museum in Yangon.
Daw Aye Aye Thant, daughter of U Thant, the former UN Secretary-General, together with Chief minister of Yangon Myint Swe as they cut a ribbon during the soft opening of U Thant's as a museum in Yangon.
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A home that once belonged to a former United Nations secretary-general, the late U Thant, is being restored and will open as a new museum in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Government officials, diplomats and members of U Thant’s family gathered earlier this month at a ceremony at the home, a two-story villa built in the 1920s and where he lived in the 1950s before serving as the UN chief. It is being renovated as part of an effort to preserve the colonial-era cityscape of one of Asia’s last untouched cities and is scheduled to open to the public later this year. Yangon, Myanmar’s former capital, has been largely bypassed by the modernization that has bulldozed the past in virtually every other Asian metropolis. Its cityscape is studded with hundreds of grand and humble buildings from the colonial era.

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