General Post Office celebrates 110th Birthday

Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung and officials opening the 110th Birthday event of the General Post Office yesterday.  Photo: MNA
Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung and officials opening the 110th Birthday event of the General Post Office yesterday.  Photo: MNA

Yangon’s General Post Office, one of the blue-plaque-installed colonial era buildings of the rapidly developing commercial hub, where modern structures are taking the place of historical edifices, celebrated its 110th Birthday yesterday. Amidst concerns over the vanishing of its colonial era buildings one after another under rapid modernization projects, the ceremony may be an encouraging sign for supporters, especially, the Yangon Heritage Trust(YHT), campaigning for the preservation and protection of Yangon’s heritage.
Among the cities of Southeast Asia, Yangon, as stated by some reports, has the highest number of colonial era buildings as the city became the country’s administrative capital under British rule in 1885. At its birthday party, the General Post Office disseminated knowledge of the postal code of the country’s three administrative areas in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA).
JICA is rendering assistance, including codes for the development of postal services in Nay Pyi Taw Council Area, Yangon and Mandalay regions as better knowledge of postal code and postal service is an important sector.
Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, deputy ministers U Kyaw Myo and U Tha Oo, Yangon Region cabinet member Daw Nilar Kyaw and Daw Moe Moe Lwin of YHT formally inaugurated the ceremony, held at the 110-year old building on Strand Road, another historic facility of Yangon.
The Union Minister and party visited the booths where postal stamps of successive past eras were displayed. Vocalist Mori Saki Win entertained the visitors with songs. Apart from the performance of Mori Saki Win, who was appointed the ambassador of postal code, there were demonstrations on the use of postal codes. JICA will provide postal code books, posters, calendars and postcards to Myanmar Post. —MNA

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