Yangon General Hospital gets blue plaque for heritage status

Writer: 
Kyi Naing
Yangon Region chief minister sprays scented water on the blue plaque.
 
Yangon Heritage Trust has installed a blue plaque at the Yangon General Hospital built in 1904 to acknowledge its heritage status.
The blue plaque installation ceremony was attended by Yangon Region Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein, YGH medical superintendent Dr Myint Myint Aye and officials and officials from the Yangon City Development Committee, YHT and Royal Philips Corporation.
 
“Yangon General Hospital is one of the significant landmarks in Yangon. It is large in size as well as historically significant. This is why we put a blue plaque on the wall of the hospital building,” Thurein Aung, historian and project manager from YHT.
 
He said more 100 blue plaques have been earmarked for heritage buildings in Yangon. Coordination is underway to install one at the Yangon Region High Court. Although Yangon has thousands of old buildings, only those with historical significance and unique architectural work will receive blue plaques, he added.
 
So far, 19 blue plaques, including the latest one at YGH, have been installed.
 
The hospital was first located at the site of  the current Junction City building on Bogyoke Aung San Road in 1899. But, as the number patients increased, the hospital was moved to its current site.
 
The construction of the main hospital building started in 1904 and finished in 1909. Studies there in the early 20th century reportedly contributed to the world’s understanding of medical science.
 
After World War II, the hospital was upgraded to have more than 500 beds. In 1962, it became a 1,500-bed hospital.