After breakfast, you will embark upon an exploration of local culture, once again led by your local Backyard Travel guide. To begin you’ll travel together to an area known as ‘Golden Valley’ at the New Treasure Gallery which was established by Min Wai Aung, a famous local artist renowned for his paintings of monks.
Once you’ve admired the works in the Golden Valley, you’ll pay visit to Augustine and Madame Thair, two unique antique shops filled with curiosities and trinkets from various times during Myanmar’s history. If you’re lucky, the eponymous Madame Thair will be on hand to charm you with her exuberant ‘everything is for sale’ pitch.
Next you’ll move to Dhamazedi Road to stop at a row of small shop houses whose dusty shelves are packed full of fascinating antiques and hidden treasures dating back to the time of British rule and before.
You’ll take a trip downtown next, to visit the city’s historic buildings and hidden art galleries. Your expert Travel Specialist and local guide will cater an itinerary to precisely match your personal preferences and interests. For an idea of what you might experience though, your tour can include visits to train stations old and new, the former City Hall and various other examples of 1940’s architecture.
The River Gallery could also be the next stop on your tour. Representing work from more than 30 artists at any given time, the gallery demonstrates a wide range of contemporary art and is housed in the iconic Strand Hotel.
Built in 1901, the elegant hotel is a reflection of British occupation, and you’ll be welcome to enjoy a refreshing High Tea service at the colonial style hotel to relax and re-energize before continuing your tour.
Next you’ll go to visit the non-profit Lokanat Gallery which features a concentrated selection of artists from Myanmar, as well as traditional artwork, before moving on to Pansodan Arts to see a range of traditional, contemporary and abstract styles ran by an expert curator who possesses a range of war-time propaganda paintings amongst neo-classical works.
Your evening is then free to spend at your leisure, but once again be sure to ask your guide for their ideas of what to do and where to go should you feel the desire to explore further.