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Burma to Open Museum in Late UN Chief’s House

9 April 2013

A home that once belonged to a former UN secretary-general, the late U Thant, is being restored and will open as a new museum in Rangoon. Government officials, diplomats and members of U Thant’s family gathered Saturday at a ceremony at the home, a two-story yellow villa built in the 1920s and where he lived in the 1950s before serving as the UN chief. It is being renovated as part of an effort to preserve the colonial-era cityscape of one of Asia’s last untouched cities. The museum is scheduled to open to the public in the coming months.—AP