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The old Royal Hotel at 619 Merchant Street between Brooking Street and 42nd Street (now the Gamon Pwint shopping centre between Bogalay-zay St and 42st). It was once considered the best in Rangoon together with the Strand and Minto Mansions. At least the building is still standing.

The old Royal Hotel at 619 Merchant Street between Brooking Street and

The Royal Hotel at 619 Merchant Street (the corner of Merchant Street and Brooking Street now Bogalay-zay Street) built in 1905. Now the Gamon Pwint department store.  It was once one the three top hotels in the city, together with the Strand and Minto Mansions and prided itself on being the "most modern", with the first electric lift of any hotel. The handsome restaurant downstairs was the scene of many historic meetings.

The Royal Hotel at 619 Merchant Street (the corner of Merchant Street and…

Photograph of King Thibaw's guards, East Gate, Mandalay Palace, 28 November 1885. Photographer: Hooper, Willoughby Wallace (1835–1912).

Photograph of King Thibaw's guards, East Gate, Mandalay Palace, 28 November Photographer: Hooper, Willoughby Wallace

The Balthazar building on Bank Street, now owned by the Ministry of Rural Development, Livestock and Fisheries.  The building was built in 1905 and was owned for many decades by the Armenian Balthazar family who emigrated to Burma in the 1860s (the Armenians have been an important community in Burma since the 1600s). The building once housed the offices of several companies, including Siemans, as well as law offices.

The Balthazar building on Bank Street, now owned by the Ministry of Rural…

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Photograph of a Burmese cremation, taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the

Fytche Square and Sule Pagoda, Rangoon (Yangon) by Philip Adolphe Klier in 1890s in Burma (Myanmar).Rangoon's most famous stupa, the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, can be seen silhouetted on the horizon.

Fytche Square and Sule Pagoda, Rangoon (Yangon) by Philip Adolphe Klier in in Burma (Myanmar).Rangoon's most famous stupa, the Shwe Dagon Pagoda, can be seen silhouetted on the horizon.

Rangoon 1941. Phayre Street (now Pansodan) from the corner of Merchant Street on 23 December 1941 - the day WW2 began in Burma. The Sofaer building on the left was built a century ago by Issac Sofaer and has housed many different businesses over the years, including the Vienna Cafe and Adolphe Philip Klier's photo studio.

Rangoon Phayre Street (now Pansodan) from the corner of Merchant Street on…

Jungle-wise Kachin furnish elephants and act as scouts for Merrill's Marauders and Mars Task Force. Photographer Raczkowski

Jungle-wise Kachin furnish elephants and act as scouts for Merrill's Marauders and Mars Task Force.

British; Royal Artiller at Toungoo, Burma. Toungoo was annexed by the British at the end of the Second Anglo-Burmese War. Size of wheel and limber suggests the gun is a mountain gun.

British Royal Artiller at Toungoo, Burma. Toungoo was annexed by the British at the end of the Second Anglo-Burmese War. The size of the wheel and limber suggests the gun is a mountain gun.

Japanese troops enter Rangoon station.

9 March 1942 - Japanese troops entered Rangoon, Burma, which was abandoned by…

The Irrawaddy River is destination of the Indians. Here they have camped for several days hoping for a boat that will take them upriver to Mawlaik nearer the border of India. Most of their money is gone and many were still here when the Japs came. Under the generous acacia tree they squat while the Burmese boats hover tantalizingly in river.

The Irrawaddy River is destination of the Indians. Here they have camped for several days hoping for a boat that will take them upriver to Mawlaik nearer the border of India. Most of their money is gone and many were still here when the Japs came. Under the generous acacia tree they squat while the Burmese boats hover tantalizingly in river.

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