Begin the Yangon art and antiques tour with a visit to the Golden Valley area, known for its exceptional galleries and antiques shops. Enjoy lunch in a former colonial mansion, which housed the Burma Independence Army headquarters. Afterwards, discover more of Yangon’s top art and antique galleries in the downtown area.
Yangon Art and Antiques - Full Day
Today your tour will start at 09:00.
Begin the art and antiques tour of Yangon with a morning pick up from the hotel and head downtown to visit at least three art galleries. (Itinerary may vary depending on opening hours, current exhibits and client’s personal interests)
Start at the Lokanat Gallery, a non-profit gallery that features a small collection of traditional works as well as rotating exhibits of current Burmese artists. Next, visit the River Gallery, located adjacent to The Strand Hotel, which aims to bring Myanmar art to a wider audience. The gallery showcases the city’s widest range of contemporary art, representing more than 30 artists at any given time.
Continue to Pansodan Arts to view works of art covering the traditional period up to modern, abstract styles. The knowledgeable curator will happily display the upstairs area where hundreds of paintings are tucked away, including war-time propaganda and neo-classical works. Before leaving downtown, visit the newest addition to Yangon’s arts scene, Sule Eain. Located adjacent to Sule Paya, this loft-style space features rotating exhibitions of contemporary painters.
Stop for lunch at House of Memories Restaurant, a colonial-style mansion set in a beautiful garden. Once used as the BIA (Burma Independence Army) and BDA (Burma Defense Army) Headquarters, the building is full of memories of the people who embarked on the long walk toward gaining independence for Myanmar. Wander through the house looking at the historic remnants on display, including a room named after General Aung San (still housing his desk and typewriter.)
In the afternoon, head the ‘Golden Valley’ area of Yangon to visit the New Treasure Gallery, established by Min Wai Aung, a Burmese artist famous for his paintings of monks. Next it’s on to Dhamazedi Road where a row of small shop houses are packed full of antiques. Hidden among the dusty shelves are many treasures from the colonial era and before. Continue with a visit to two antiques shops, Augustine’s and Madame Thair, both filled with hidden gems from various periods of Myanmar’s history.
After the visit, transfer back to the hotel. (L)
Art galleries will be selected based on opening hours and current exhibits
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