Myanmar's first pop-up concept, TS1 (daily 10.00-18.30) is a modern space right on the Yangon River that when we visited hosted a gay-themed (wow!) photography exhibition but not much else. While the place is rather small, we appreciate it for three reasons. First, it's an oasis of calm in an area where otherwise no tourist would visit minutes away from the hustle and bustle of increasingly traffic-choked Yangon. Second, it proves that Yangon's arts scene is developing; so is the people's open-mindedness to embrace it. Last but not least, true to its original structure, it demonstrates a form of urban renewal: how old buildings can serve new purposes. Reminding us of Bangkok's Asiatique, this gallery/shop sits harmoniously in its shabby industrial setting. If Yangon can retain its colonial core, arguably Southeast Asia's most impressive, the Garden City will surely shine like Singapore.
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