A Visit to Bogyoke Aung San Museum
Upon entering Bogyoke Aung San Museum, I was immediately blown away by the smell. Though it may not be to everyone’s liking, the musty smell of old furniture made me feel like I was back in my late Grandmother’s house in Sydney. Originally from what was then called Burma herself, I put it down to a ‘Burmese smell’. Needless to say, it made this visit extra special.
General Aung San is considered the Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar. He founded the Communist Party of Burma, and was responsible for bringing about Burma’s independence from British rule. Tragically, he died six months before independence. On the 19th of July 1947, while in a meeting of the Executive Council, General Aung San, six of his cabinet ministers (including his older brother, Ba Win), a cabinet secretary and bodyguard were killed by a gang of armed paramilitaries of former Prime Minister U Saw. These murderers broke into the Secretariat Building (nowadays known as the Minister’s Building) in downtown Yangon and conducted the massacre using guns sold to them by low-ranking British officers.
The Bogyoke Aung San Museum was the final residence of General Aung San before his assassination. Built in 1921, this two-story colonial-era villa was where Aung San Suu Kyi spent her early childhood years. The first floor consists of a dining room, family room and living room. Here you will see photos, momentos and a mannequin of General Aung San.
The second floor showcases the bedroom of General Aung San’s three children, a library, meeting room and the bedroom shared by General Aung San and his wife. There is a staircase leading up to a tower which contains a prayer room, however this is off-limits to the public.
When you head outside you can view a bronze statue of General Aung San doing gardening work, a pool and his car.
General Aung San’s family continued to live in this villa until 1953, when his middle son tragically drowned. It was converted into the Bogyoke Aung San Museum in 1962. The museum was previously only opened for one day a year, on Martyrs’ Day, as the military government restricted any mention of General Aung San in the media. It was formally reopened in 2012.
|Opening Hours||Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.|
|Location||No 15. Bogyoke Museum Lane. Bahan Township, Yangon|