The last activity in the international kick-off conference in Yangon was a field survey around the city held on 19 March 2016. The participants visited eight sites, as shown in the map below.
- Tar Mwe Township Development Committee Office and Upper Kyauk Myaung Kyi Ward (09:15 – 10:10)
At the Tar Mwe Township Development Committee Office, U Than Oo, the Township Administrator, welcomed the group and provided general information about Tar Mwe Township. The township is around 1.71 square miles. It has a permanent population of 90,000 inhabitants and transit population of 15,000. There are 20 wards, 7,200 houses, and 35,464 households in this township. After the orientation, the group visited one of the wards, Upper Kyauk Myaung Kyi Ward, to take a look at the residential buildings. The local guides explained that it would be possible to tell the age of apartment buildings by looking at the number of storeys a building has. Different periods imposed a two-storey, three-storey, and eight-storey limit.
- Junction City Project (10:42 – 11:36)
The next site the participants visited was Junction City, a mixed-use development that when completed will comprise a five-star hotel, a shopping center, office towers, and residential towers. The new development is strategically located at the junction of Shwedagon Pagoda Road and Bogyoke Aung San Road and is in the vicinity of major landmarks such as the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Yangon Railway Station, and Bogyoke Aung San Market. Among the construction materials, only concrete and big timber are locally produced. The rest are imported from other countries.
- Air Compression Station of the Water Supply and Sanitation Department (11:50 – 12:24)
At the air compression station of the Water Supply and Sanitation Department of the Engineering Department of YCDC, U Wai Lwin, the Assistant Chief Engineer, explained the functions of the sanitation division, the history of the sewerage system in Yangon, and the current wastewater treatment of the city.
- Pazundaung Township Development Committee Office and No. 4 Basic Education Primary School (12:24 – 12:35)
Next the group visited the Pazundaung Township Development Committee Office and studied office building which was constructed in 2002 and has brick-nogging type of partition wall. U Zaw Myint, the Township Administrator, provided the explanation on the office building. Afterward, the group visited No. 4 Basic Education Primary School and Township Education Office. Daw Myint San Yi, the school principal, explained that the school building was constructed in 1905, during the colonial regime. She said that the constructing quality was good and that the building would not collapse when hit by an earthquake. There are only 5 teachers and 30 students in that school.
- Golden Duck Restaurant (12:40 – 13:40)
The group had lunch at the Golden Duck Restaurant branch near Sule Wharf.
- Taung Lon Pyan Ward (13:51 – 14:11)
In the afternoon the group went to Taung Lon Pyan Ward in Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township and studied the typical residential buildings there. The ward administrator explained the history of the ward, which was founded in 1943 and got burned down in 1958. When U Nu, the former Prime Minister of Myanmar, came to get power in 1962, he made a systematic plan for the housing in Taung Lon Pyan Ward. All the houses were built from timber at that time. A height of seven storeys was the limit set for the buildings. There were only eight such buildings in the ward.
- Visiting Bogyoke Aung San Market (14:50 – 15:40)
At 14:50 pm the site visit team arrived Bogyoke Aung San market and studied the jewellery shops and souvenir gift shops.
- Visiting Yangon City Development Committee office and studying apartments in No.1 Ward, Kyauktada Township (16:00 – 16:40)
At 16:00 pm the site visit team arrived and studied Yangon City Development Committee building. And then the team visited around No.1 Ward, Kyauktada Township and studied apartments till 16:40 pm.