Heritage Preservation: Yangon General Hospital Receives 19th Commemorative Blue Plaque

24 October 2017

The 19th commemorative Blue Plaque of the Yangon Heritage Trust was installed at the prominent Yangon General Hospital downtown Yangon on Tuesday.

Using the design created by Henry Hoyne-Fox, Executive Engineer of the Public Works Department, construction of the main building of the Yangon General Hospital started in 1904 and was completed in 1909 … set with  the latest medical equipments at the time. The hospital was upgraded to a 342-bed hospital in 1911 which also housed the country’s 1st bacteriological laboratory. Its medical research during the early 20th century even contributed to the global medical field.

After the World War II, the hospital’s capacity was expended to hold 546 beds, and in 1962, the new specialist wards were added … and the capacity was increased to 1500 beds. The hospital was also the site where State Councellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi made her 1st public speech on the 24th of August in 1988.

Director, Yangon Heritage Trust, Moe Moe Lwin said “We selected the Yangon General Hospital for blue plaque installation because the hospital was a huge part in Myanmar’s contemporary history. It’s been standing for almost 120 years and included in the essential buildings for health sector mainly in Yangon Region. Today, the hospital received Yangon Heritage Trust’s 19th Blue Plaque.”

Installation of Blue Plaque is a part of Yangon Heritage Trust’s efforts to highlight historical buildings in the city and also to make Yangon’s history accessible to people of all age and backgrounds.

Director, Yangon Heritage Trust, Moe Moe Lwin said “We aim to help the public and the tourists know the importance of historical buildings in the city. So we do researches and install blue plaques, describing history. It’s important for heritage preservation, I’m sure.”

Yangon Heritage Trust also plans to install the 20th blue plaque at Supreme Court Justice. The Yangon Blue Plaque project was contributed by the Royal Philips Corporation with 75,000 US dollars – the project includes research, plaque making and installation.