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Restoration project reopens 'best view in Yangon'

Tourist Burma building offers unmatched perspective on city's heritage

Foreground shows the roof space of the Tourist Burma building, before restoration began, with the Sule Pagoda center (Photo by Chiara Luxardo)

YANGON -- Through a doorway where colonial shoppers once flocked, up several flights of steps and a wrought-iron spiral staircase, there lies one of the most splendid sights in downtown Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city.

Gazing to the left from a panoramic roof terrace, almost within touching distance, is the top of the gleaming Sule Pagoda. Slightly beyond that lies City Hall, and in front of it, the green grass of Maha Bandula Garden, with the twin spires of Immanuel Baptist Church on the far side. Next door stands the ocher bulk of the High Court, and off to the right runs the river Yangon.

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