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1959

HRH Prince Philip's Visit to Rangoon in 1959

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people President Mahn Win Maung General Ne Win Prince Philip

မြန်မာဘာသာဖြင့် ဖတ်ရန်

On the Chinese new year 1959, HRH Prince Philip visited Rangoon. This was during General Ne Win's "Caretaker Government". Both General Ne Win and President Mahn Win Maung are in the clip. In the middle of the clip (1.02 - 1:45) you will see the beautiful old Government House (President's House). The demolition of this historic building c.1980 was an terrible act of vandalism, on par with the demolition of the Kengtung Saopha's haw a little more than a decade later. At the end of the clip, Prince Philip is in Singapore. There seems to have been no obvious difference in the standard of living between Rangoon and Singapore in 1959.

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