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Restoration projects breathe new life into Myanmar's old capital

Colonial-era Law Courts building is set to reopen as a luxury hotel

A lone worker retouches the exterior masonry work. The Ionic columns form an imposing feature on Yangon's Strand Road. (Photo by Ken Barrett)

YANGON Downtown Yangon's largest restoration project to date will open its doors this spring, no longer as a somber law and justice institution, but as a luxurious five-star hotel.

The transformation of Myanmar's colonial-era New Law Courts into the elegant Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon will not only help meet demand for upmarket hotel rooms and function spaces in the city. It will also act as a spur to other restoration projects that will eventually dispel the ghost-town pall that has hung over the colonial heart of Yangon since the Myanmar government decamped wholesale to the stark new capital Naypyitaw in 2005-06.

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