Yangon Central Railway Station
The first Yangon Central Railway Station in downtown was not the one you see standing nowadays. It was situated south of the present one near Pansodan Street.
According to records, it was only in 1911 that the second Yangon Central Railway station was moved to its current position.
During the Second World War, it was bombed frequently and these bombings destroyed the entire western part of the station according to an article written in the Myanma Railways centennial magazine.
Drawing a new design for a new railway station
At that time, the headquarters of the railways was in Simla, India. Headquarters asked engineer U Hla Thwin in Yangon to submit a new design drawing of the new railway station and the design was approved on 7 May 1946.
Expert on Myanmar architecture Sithu U Tin was assigned to include Myanmar traditional architectural design.
Sayagyi Sithu U Tin also made an all-out effort in producing Myanmar’s traditional architectural styles and designs. English engineers were said to
have commended the Myanmar traditional five-tier roof style topping the four stairwells.
The construction of the new railway station began a year before the country’s independence in 1947, completed in 1954 and opened on 5 June.
Majestic and striking
The railway station consisted of three main buildings and was majestic and striking. As it was now only 65 years old, it will remain strong and sturdy for many more years to come.
The majestic beauty of Yangon’s central railway station with its Myanmar architectural designs was enhanced further by work or artwork that remains alive and prominently featured.
Work on the bronze statues was started on 1 September 1989 and completed on 28 February 1990. The statues were unveiled on 4 March 1990 said the plaque. The plaque further stated that a total of 1,555.56 visses of bronze was used to produce the statues.
The railway station depicts Myanmar’s culture and arts while the bronze Thingyan couple depicts another traditional cultural heritage of Myanmar.