Yangon Heritage Trust

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Yangon Heritage Trust
ရန်ကုန်အမွေအနှစ် ထိန်းသိမ်းစောင့်ရှောက်ရေးအဖွဲ့
HeadquartersYangon, Myanmar
Thant Myint-U

The Yangon Heritage Trust (Burmese: ရန်ကုန်အမွေအနှစ် ထိန်းသိမ်းစောင့်ရှောက်ရေးအဖွဲ့; abbreviated YHT) is a non-governmental organisation founded by Thant Myint-U to conserve historic buildings in Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the former capital of Burma.[1][2] Yangon has Asia's largest collection of colonial-era buildings.[3] The Trust has proposed to designate small zones within the city centre (particularly in Downtown Yangon) as heritage areas and envisions a joint public-private collaboration whereby private investors restore heritage buildings for commercial use while maintaining the character of the areas.[1] The Trust also advocates a conservation plan led by the private sector.[4]

In June 2013, Philips announced a partnership with the Trust to install 200 LED-lit blue plaques to highlight key cultural heritage sites in the city.[5]

There are around 15,000 buildings in Yangon that the Trust wants preserved, and as of 2020 it has helped with 350 conservation projects.[6]


  1. ^ a b Robinson, Gwen (9 March 2012). "Myanmar pushes to save colonial buildings". Financial Times. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  2. ^ Hpyo Wai Tha (6 June 2012). "Conservation Strategy Drafted for Historic Rangoon". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  3. ^ KYAW YE LYNN; PETER JANSSEN. "The race is on in Yangon". DEUTSCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  4. ^ Kean, Thomas (19 March 2012). "Historic Yangon cityscape thrown a lifeline". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Philips and Yangon Heritage Trust partner to highlight Yangon's rich cultural heritage sites as part of Philips' commitment to Myanmar". Philips. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  6. ^ "In with the old". The Economist. 16 December 2020. Retrieved 1 February 2021.

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