Once an ASEAN Top Country, Myanmar
By Nyan Yel Yint Win
In this article, we will look at a memorable event that took place in Myanmar 65 years ago. After the independence, when U Nu Government took office, Myanmar was one of the top countries in the ASEAN region. Here we will be looking at evidence (photos) that show that Myanmar was a top country around the years of 1955.
In 1955, Myanmar planned an Asia-Africa countries assembly in partnership with many other countries. The assembly was attended by 29 countries and is known as “Pandaung Conference” as the assembly took place in Pandaung City in Indonesia. Yangon was transit city for Assembly members to reach Pandaung. This shows that Yangon International Airport was a major spot in Asia for air-travel. Assembly members and leaders from different countries transiting to Pandaung, took a rest at Yangon and met the then President Doctor Ba U at his residence. The president welcomed his guests with a dinner party. Indian Prime Minister Nehru, Chinese Prime Minister Chou Enlai, the President of Egypt Nasser were among the prominent figures that attended the dinner party. The guests were lucky to witness Thingyan Festival (water festival) as it was in the middle of April. As per Prime Minister U Nu request, the guests celebrated the water festival in Myanmar traditional attires, sprinkling water on each other from their silver chalices.
Below we will look at the archive images from Myanmar Photo Archive showcasing this historical event.
Nyan Yel Yint Win is a history enthusiast and an avid collector. He has a collection of over 400 historical images of Myanmar, clothings, documents and rare magazines. Nyan loves to tell stories through his collection. His current collection mostly come from his neighbours who live besides his house and he is aiming to collect some more items from an acquaintance Grandpa who is still refusing to give Nyan his photos and some vintage objects.