Trading headquarters turned post office
This red brick building perhaps looks rather majestic for a post office with beaux-arts iron portico, cream-coloured arched Moorish windows and ornate stuccowork. It was originally designed as an office for one of the most powerful trading firms in Burma, Bulloch Brothers & Co., the ‘largest rice millers in the East’. But when the original post office -which stood at the corner of Strand Road and 32nd Street- was damaged by an earthquake in 1930, the state couldn’t afford to build a new one so purchased the Bulloch Brothers building instead.
Have a look inside!
This is one of the few buildings along Strand Road that is open to the public, so don’t miss your chance. Stepping inside is like entering a time warp, with long dusty wooden counters, ornate double-winged stairways, original wiring and bakelite phones.
Nice to know
Myanmar’s illustrious first president, General Ne Win, worked here as a post office clerk in the 1930s.