Begin the Yangon art and antiques tour with a visit to the Golden Valley area, known for its exceptional galleries and antiques shops. Enjoy lunch in a former colonial mansion. Afterwards, discover more of Yangon’s top art and antique galleries in the downtown area.
This tour begins in the area of Yangon known as “Golden Valley” at the New Treasure Gallery, a Burmese artist famous for his paintings of monks. From here we’ll head to two antiques shops, Augustine’s and Madame Thair; both packed to the rafters with curios from various periods of Burmese history. Next it’s on to Dhamazedi Road where a row of small shops are packed full of antiques. Hidden among the dusty shelves are many treasures from the colonial era and before.
We’ll stop for lunch at House of Memories Restaurant, a colonial-style mansion. We’ll have time to wander through the house looking at the historic remnants on display – including General Aung San’s old office, which still contains his desk and typewriter.
Our afternoon of art starts at the River Gallery. The gallery showcases the city’s widest range of contemporary art, representing more than 30 artists at any given time. Next we’ll visit the Lokanat Gallery, a non-profit gallery that features a small collection of traditional works as well as special exhibits by current Burmese artists.
We will continue to Pansodan Arts, where the knowledgeable curator will show you upstairs to the store room where hundreds of paintings are tucked away. After that transfer back to your hotel.