Yangon Untravelled 2

by Jared Downing photos by Phyo Thiha /marie

In 1918, Chinese tycoon Lim Chin Tsong crowned his career with a magnificent mansion overlooking Inya Lake. Five years later, he died broken and penniless, only his distinctive tower behind. The Chin Tsong Palace (which turns 100 next year) features opulent Chinese architecture and embellishment and murals painted by famous Myanmar and English artists. The atrium and lower floors are usually open (though dim and dusty) with the only signs of life being a small art gallery in one of the drawing rooms.

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Jared Downing (@keystrokeerrors) is an American journalist from Colorado and Alabama. He likes podcasts, radio theatre and hitchhiking and collects cans of sardines from around the world. He blogs at""


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