No. 120. Rangoon. Tiger Alley.
Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, from a portfolio of 120 prints of a scene at the Kemmendine (Kyimyintaing) area of Rangoon (Yangon) in Burma (Myanmar). In 1855 a British mission was sent to King Mindon Min of Burma to negotiate a settlement regarding Pegu, annexed by the British after the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852. Linnaeus Tripe was the official photographer on this mission and his architectural and topographical views of the country form an important record. This scene was described by Tripe as 'A beautiful ravine near Kemmindine'.
Tiger Alley was one of the few roads leading northwards from Rangoon.
The Kemendine district is in the north-west part of Rangoon and Kemmendine was a village which had been an important stockade for the Burmese during the First Anglo-Burmese war in 1824. It was subsequently taken over by the British and in 1855 was laid out to the grid plan by which Rangoon was being rebuilt from scratch.