Bogyoke Aung San Description:
For two short years, Aung San, the father of Burma’s (now Myanmar) independence, lived in a small British colonial style villa in Yangon (Rangoon) before his assassination in 1947.
The Government of Burma purchased the home from Aung San’s widow after their second son drowned in the pond in the back of the compound. In 1962 the building was opened to the public as the Bogyoke Aung San Museum. Inside the museum visitors can see the simple lifestyle the independence leader lived with his family.
From his first days as a student at Rangoon University in 1933, Aung San was politically active in the nascent Burmese independence movement. After leaving the university’s law department in 1938, he helped found a number of anti-British groups including the Communist Party of Burma. Seeking to organize a rebellion, Aung San looked for support from India and then China before finally accepting an offer from the Japanese military to help train a guerrilla force. The Japanese took control of Burma from the British in 1942, and in 1943 Burma was declared an independent nation. The celebration was short lived, as the Burmese found their new Japanese masters even more oppressive than the British had been. By 1944 Aung San was actively working on a deal with the British to expel the Japanese occupation and grant Burma self-governing status under the British Commonwealth. In 1947 Aung san was assassinated along with several other members of the newly formed government during a meeting of the Executive Council.
Best Time to Visit Bogyoke Aung San:
Yangon’s weather is the best for sightseeing during the warm, dry months between November and May. From June to October, increasing rainfall alleviates the higher temperatures, and revives the city’s splendid network of parks and lakes.
How to get to Bogyoke Aung San:
Aung San is a national icon in Myanmar. The independence movement leader’s picture can still be found adorning the walls in homes and businesses throughout the country. Though he wielded an incredible amount of influence, he lived a simple, family oriented lifestyle that can readily be seen in the sparse interior of his former home. A visit to the Bogyoke Aung San Museum provides a window into the earnest life of one of Myanmar’s greatest heroes.
Bogyoke Aung San Highlights:
The Bogyoke Aung San Museum is located in Yangon. Guests on our luxury tours of Myanmar can reach the museum via our chauffeured vehicle service during their explorations of the city.
Western-style clothing choices are fine in the museum, but if your day plans will bring you to any of Yangon’s many holy shrines and temples, it’s best to dress in modest clothing that covers your arms, shoulders, and legs while on sacred ground.