34th Street

You can smell the printing ink on both 33rd and 34th Streets – and you can see the machinery in action as well. As you walk this street you pass by four Blue Plaques: the 1st Blue Plaque, given to City Hall; the 10th and 11th Blue Plaques, which are in Mahabandoola Park itself; and the 31st Blue Plaque, given to the former New Law Courts – all thanks to Yangon Heritage Trust. http://www.yangonheritagetrust.org/home.

Other things that caught our eye:
*1 Some old buildings with strange labels in fine plasterwork: “Burmese Tasks Welfare” and “Building Materials”.
*2 A print shop, Toppan’s, that claims it can print on ‘almost’ anything – plastic, wood, glass, metal – and they do 3D printing too!
*3 Lovely architecture, including a rare red-brick building – nos. 113-125, and 129.
*4 The street has a name at last – Sibin Street.
*5 The beautiful but dilapidated Balthazar building: see https://www.relicsofrangoon.com/?page_id=1123 and https://www.mmtimes.com/news/balthazars-lost-grandeur.html for more information.
*6 The back of the New Law Courts, built in 1927, recently renovated and now a (as yet unopened) luxury hotel, and a Blue Plaque building.

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