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Stroll down Rangoon’s Bogyoke Aung San Street and you’ll come upon the large Rangoon General Hospital, a marvelous Victorian architecture, the most elegant colonial-era building surviving in varying stages of decline. It was the first public building in British Burma the foundation of which was laid in 1911 by Sir Harcourt Spencer Butler, the former Governor of United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, India. Impressively constructed with reinforced concrete, this enormous structure was elegantly designed with a lot of large expansive arches and appearing to towering turrets indistinctly.

The traditional colours of maroon and yellow remained to this day giving this building the distinctive character everyone would admire. Butler later went on to serve as Governor of Burma from 1923 to 1927. Like Burma itself, RGH has seen better days but still a fully functional hospital despite lack of maintenance, once-grand edifice of the Empire that is unparalleled in Southeast Asia and represents as the best remaining example of a colonial core in the region and to stroll in RGH compound is, quite literally to step back in time through chapters of Burmese history.

Picture of the stunning turrets standing proudly on the main building.

In Workshop 1/2:
The sheer beauty of the facades

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