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Dining Hall, Strand Hotel, Rangoon, Burma

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Dining Hall, Strand Hotel, Rangoon, Burma

Dining Hall (centre), Strand Hotel, Rangoon, Burma.
circa 1930

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Burma Burmese Chairs Colonialism Dining Fans Floor Hotels Myanmar Rangoon Strand Tables Tiled Tiles Tiling


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This evocative photograph captures the grandeur and elegance of the Dining Hall at the Strand Hotel in Rangoon, Burma, circa 1930. The image transports us back in time to the colonial era of the 1930s, a period when Burma was under British rule. The Strand Hotel, a symbol of opulence and luxury, was a popular destination for travelers and dignitaries visiting the eastern shores of Asia. The Dining Hall, located at the heart of the hotel, is a spacious and airy room, filled with large tables and chairs, arranged to accommodate numerous guests. The tiled floor, adorned with intricate patterns, reflects the light from the overhead fans, adding to the room's cool and refreshing ambiance. The fans, a common feature in colonial-era buildings, were essential for providing relief from the tropical heat. The room's high ceilings, adorned with ornate moldings, and large windows, bathed in natural light, create an open and inviting atmosphere. The tables, laden with fine china and silverware, are set for a formal dining experience, suggesting a sense of refinement and sophistication. The overall effect is one of grandeur and luxury, a testament to the colonial-era's obsession with creating opulent spaces in far-off lands. This photograph offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back to a time when travel was an adventure, and the Strand Hotel in Rangoon was a must-visit destination for those seeking a taste of the exotic. Today, the Strand Hotel continues to be a symbol of Burmese history and a reminder of the rich cultural heritage of this fascinating country.

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