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Royal Lakes, Rangoon 8815

Royal Lakes, Rangoon 8815

Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 88/1(5)

Item number: 8815

Length: 20.7

Width: 27

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Royal Lake in Dalhousie Park at Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar), taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. This view looks westwards across the lake towards the Shwe Dagon Paya on the skyline. The most sacred Buddhist monument of the Burmese, this celebrated gilded stupa is visible from all over Rangoon due to its elevated position on the summit of Singuttara Hill. Dalhousie Park (now Bogyoke Aung San Park) was created in the mid-19th century by the British to plans drawn up in 1856 by William Scott of the Calcutta Botanic Gardens. It was laid out around the Kandawgyi or Royal Lake, one of two lakes in northern Rangoon to the east of the Shwe Dagon Paya. Its picturesque vistas and views of the pagoda were a popular subject for photographers in Rangoon.

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