Strand Road, Yangon

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Strand Road, alongside Strand Hotel, in the late 1800s before the construction of a port that obstructs the view of the Yangon River

Strand Road (Burmese: ကမ်းနားလမ်း, pronounced [káɴná láɴ]) is a major road in downtown Yangon, Burma. It crosses the city in a west-east direction and runs parallel to the Yangon River. It contains many important government buildings, including the Ministry of Trade building, court and the British embassy. It also contains the 5-star hotel, Strand Hotel, built in 1901.[1]


Howard Malcom, an American traveller to Burma in 1836 noted that three was a main street in Moulmein called Strand road which extends along the Salween river about three miles. Its namesake was followed by streets in Rangoon and other Burmese cities in later years when the British occupied Burma after Second Anglo-Burmese War and Third Anglo-Burmese War.[2] The Strand Road in Yangon was one of them.

In 2011, Asia World partnered with the Yangon City Development Committee to upgrade Strand Road.[3] This redevelopment project to expand the number of lanes (as well as construct a dual-track railway line) on 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) of Strand Road, stretching from Botahtaung Township to Kyeemyindaing Townships, will require the demolition of 182 buildings, including apartment buildings, government offices and warehouses.[4]



  1. ^ GHM Luxury Hotels
  2. ^ Li, Yi (2016). Revisiting the Nineteenth-Century Marketplace, and the Chinese Community in Moulmein. Center for Burma Studies Northern Illinois University. pp. 70–71.
  3. ^ Kyaw Hsu Mon (21 March 2011). "Strand Rd to become main commercial artery: YCDC". Myanmar Times. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  4. ^ Myo Myo (12 July 2010). "Only 182 buildings to go in Strand Rd upgrade: YCDC". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 5 March 2012.