Mahabandoola Park Road

The sports equipment stores in the upper block have everything – from clothing to weights to scuba equipment to life jackets (in all sizes) to rackets and balls. The middle block has some splendid architecture, as befits its proximity to City Hall. Mahabandoola Park can be a lovely place to stroll as it has beautiful views of Sule Pagoda and City Hall, however, there has been a heavy police presence here in front of City Hall, and the park is sometimes closed.

Other things that caught our eye:
*1 The strangely named “Spanky Music” selling guitars and other instruments.
*2 The street has a name at last – Sibin Street. Thanks YCDC!
*3 This building is now the AYA Bank main branch, but once upon a time it was “Rowe & Co”, the swankiest department store in South East Asia. The building is a Blue Plaque building thanks to Yangon Heritage Trust, like the City Hall and Mahabandoola Park itself, and the New Law Courts (see http://www.yangonheritagetrust.org). The old apartment building next door could do with sharing some of the love lavished on the AYA bank building.
*4 The Yangon Divisional Court had three wings – stretching across to Pansodan Road. Here you can see the sadly dilapidated Western wing, in stark contrast to the splendid conversion of the 1927 Law Courts into a (not yet opened) luxury hotel (recently awarded a Blue Plaque too, see *3), directly opposite.

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