THE Lokanat Building received a blue plaque from Yangon Heritage Trust on Friday in recognition of its importance as one of the city’s architectural landmarks. Formerly known as the Sofaer Building, the Lokanat Bulding is located at the corner of Pansodan Road and Merchant Street in Kyauktada Township, Yangon.
This is the eighth blue plaque to be awarded by YHT, following Yangon City Hall, the AYA Bank Headquarters, the Armenian Church, the Central Fire Station, the General Post Office, the Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank and the Central Press.
“This building is an example of diverse uses of living heritage in Yangon’s downtown and one of the top attractive sites for walking tourists,” said YHT
in a statement released Friday.
Built circa 1906 by the Jewish Sofaer family, the building housed several of the city’s most prestigious firms, including legal and financial offices, such as the Bank of Burma and the China Mutual Life Insurance Company. The building also housed the Vienna Cafe on the ground floor.
The building was bought by a family of Indian Surti traders and renamed the Randeria Building in the 1930s. After World War II, the building was transferred to the government to house various departments, including the Forest Department on the top floor and a government store run by Ministry of Industry No.1 on the ground floor.
The commemorative blue plaque is part of YHT’s efforts to protect and integrate Yangon’s architectural and cultural heritage with its future development.