General Aung San’s former office

Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett

Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett

General Aung San is considered a national hero because of his efforts to liberate Burma from the grips of the Japanese. His images graces many towns – set in bronze on a beautiful horse.

His former office is now called “Happy Memories”, and it is a tourist destination and a very nice place to have lunch.

So following our visit to the NLD headquarters we went to the former headquarters and Office of General Aung.

Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett

His desk and chair sit frozen in time. His typewriter rests on the desk, a reminder that work involves communication and only the instruments have changed. On the walls which surround the desk are photos of the general with VIPs and with his beautiful family.

Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett

“To be forgotten, is to die a little.”

–Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett Myanmar (Burma) 2014 by Keri Pickett

Doubtful that so many family photos  were there in his time but it is great to see them and the images help bring he and his important history to life. Fitting as the building is now a tourist destination for lunch… called Happy Memories.

We certainly left with happy memories as there was a beautiful little prayer room off the main room on the second floor with some nice antiques and the food was excellent. Plus we beat a huge group of Germans who came in after us… reminding us how happy we are to be 2 traveling together instead of 42!

 

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.