Travels: Pyin Oo Lwin Colonial Architecture
Pyin Oo Lwin Colonial Architecture
After a holiday in Myanmar we wanted to show you Pyin Oo Lwin, a perfect example of English colonial architecture.
"Founded by the British in 1896, the town was originally called Maymyo (‘May-town’), after Colonel May of the 5th Bengal Infantry and was designed as a place to escape the Mandalay heat. Following the Indian-raj terminology for such places, it has been known ever since as a ‘hill station’, although in fact it’s fairly flat (just at a raised elevation). After the construction of the railway from Mandalay, Maymyo became the summer capital for the British colonial administration, a role it held until the end of British rule in 1948. The name was changed after the British departed but numerous colonial structures, ranging from impressive mansions to churches, remain. So too do the descendants of the Indian and Nepali workers who came here to lay the railway line."
Source: Lonely Planet