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Top Museums and Galleries in Yangon – Experience the Splendours

Yangon formerly known as Rangoon is best for experiencing culture in Myanmar. From the 'Winking Wonder' to many glistening temples, galleries and well stocked museums the place is a treat.

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National Museum

The treasures housed within the National Museum are a real treat. The place is home to a marvellous collection amongst which the 26 foot high jewelled throne of King Thibaw Min is a top attraction. And if this throne that is almost an elaborate doorway is not impressive enough you will love the extravagance displayed in the elegant beds and gold and silver rugs. There are also on display ostentatious palanquins, betel nut holders with spittoons, kitchen chairs fashioned out of ivory and gorgeous ceremonial dresses. On the other floors a brief history of the country is chronicled while the model of the colonial house is well displayed with the original chandeliers from the place hanging on the ceilings of the two floors of the museum. The museum is located at 66/74 Pyay Road Dagon. Open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm Tuesday to Sunday.

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Bogyoke Aung San Museum

This is quite definitely a nostalgic retreat; the former home of General Aung San who was assassinated in 1947 has a melancholy vibe to it. The house is sparsely furnished with family portraits adorning the walls making you work hard on imagining life within its walls. The place is indeed a sad retreat for it is in the mansions pond that the second son of the ill-fated family drowned.

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Myanmar Gem Museum and Gem Market

The Myanmar Gem Museum is not as glittery as it was in the past; however the place still retains a few priceless stones as well as a jade bust of General Aung San. The building the museum is located in is home to a number of gem stalls where one can purchase some souvenir rocks. The museum and market is located at 66 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Mayagone. It is open from 9.30 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Sunday.

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New Zero Art Space

This is a contemporary art gallery that is located close to the Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon. The famous Kandawgyi Lake district is an ideal locale to find the best Yangon hotels. Promoting modernism and alternate modes of art the museum displays a fine collection that comprises of sculptures, videos, performance skits and photography. The gallery is located at 202 United Condo, Ah Lan Pya Pagoda Road, Dagon. The place also conducts training programmes for budding artists as well as a residency programme.

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Lokanat Gallery

Lokanat is the first art gallery in Yangon to display contemporary art. Located within a 1906 building the gallery has been running since 1971. Shows change on a regular weekly basis. The gallery is located at 58-62 Pansodan Street, Kyauktada. It is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday and is an ideal browse for enjoying the friendly streets and welcoming vibes of historical Yangon.