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Royal Lake, Rangoon 4301531

Royal Lake, Rangoon 4301531

Photographer: Watts and Skeen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/15(31)

Item number: 4301531

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of the Royal Lake at Rangoon (Yangon), taken by Watts and Skeen during the 1890s. This view looks westwards across the lake in Dalhousie Park (now Bogyoke Aung San Park). Dalhousie Park was created by the British to plans drawn up in 1856 by William Scott of the Calcutta Botanic Gardens. It was named after Lord Dalhousie who was Governor General of India from 1848 to 1856. He supervised the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852 which resulted in the British annexation of the province of Pegu along with Rangoon. The park was laid out around the Kandawgyi or Royal Lake, one of two lakes in northern Rangoon to the east of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda. The Shwe Dagon can be seen on the horizon in the distance. It is Burma's most celebrated gilded stupa, and could be seen from all over the city due to its elevated position on the summit of Singuttara Hill.

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