Min Khant Aung (IV-TM-69)
The Secretariat is Yangon’s most intriguing and beautiful historic architectural landmark. The Victorian-colonial masterpiece that sits on almost 16 acres in the heart of Yangon was once the seat of British administration in Burma.
The Secretariat Yangon’s more than 400,000 square feet of space is once again coming alive with a vibrant mix of tenants that will include museum and art exhibit spaces, a buffet dinner with heritage show, cultural and private event spaces, guided tours, as well as retail shops, a wellness center, various restaurants and commercial office space – all nestled in a treasure of Victorian architecture and surrounded by flowering gardens.
r the British annexation of Upper Burma in 1886, the British colonial government’s administrative work increased exponentially resulting in an urgent need to expand the cramped and poorly lit administration building original located on Strand Road.
The British assigned Henry Hoyne-Fox, executive engineer at government’s public works the task of designing a sprawling new Victorian-style complex on 16 acres in the heart of Yangon.
Design and construction of the complex began in the 1889. The central building was completed in 1902, while the complex’s eastern and western wings were not completed until 1905, all at a cost of around 2.5 million kyats.
The construction effort on the massive u-shaped complex of red and yellow brick was truly a global effort.
The steel used in the support structure of the buildings was shipped in from Glasgow, Scotland and the original roof tiles were manufactured in France while the bricks and teak for the wood work were locally sourced across Asia.
The masterful construction of The Secretariat Yangon was the work of a father-and-son team originally form Northern India.
Baboo Naitram Rambux took over the family’s construction company when he was just a teenager after his father was killed by a train in 1894.
His father had been responsible for the start of construction on the central building of the Secretariat, while Baboo was responsible for completion of the central building and erected the two latter wings to the east and west.