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Inya Lake


Created as a reservoir by the British in 1883, Inya Lake is Yangon’s largest lake. Due to both its close proximity to the university and its picturesque banks, the area has gained a reputation as a place for young sweethearts of the city to take a romantic amble out of parental sight. Indeed, strolling along the banks adjacent either to Pyay or Kaba Aye Pagoda Roads, you will pass numerous coloured parasols balanced on the grass behind which clandestine sweet nothings are whispered. The area around Inya Lake is possibly Myanmar’s smartest district, incorporating University Avenue Road to the south of the lake, where stands the former residence of Bogyoke Aung San’s late widow, the house where their daughter Aung San Suu Kyi spent the years of her house arrest. Around Yangon’s Inya Lake (sometimes referred to as Lake Inya) there are a variety of other large mansions situated around the lake including that of the former General Ne Win, ruler of Myanmar since the coup of 1962 until 1988, who resided there until his death in 2002.


A Sombre Past

Though charming and tranquil today, in 1988 the placid waters of Inya Lake were witness to one of the bloodiest and most horrific encounters between the Burmese military and student protesters. On March 16th, students and school children marching along the causeway called the White Bridge, were kettled by the army and according to eyewitnesses beaten to death and drowned in the lake. Forty-two of those who escaped this fate were packed inside a military van and left to suffocate in the midday heat. Fire trucks were quickly summoned to wash away the muck and blood and Inya Lake has largely remained in mint condition ever since.

You can read more about the history of Myanmar here. If you would like more information about destinations in Myanmar and how to arrange a trip to the country, please feel free to get in touch.

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