Myanmar has a wealth of historic buildings, many in the urban centre of Yangon – a city uniquely poised to become one of the most vibrant and attractive in Southeast Asia. The heritage buildings can be seen as part of the broader urban planning effort to link the city to the river and vibrant market areas. Many that can promote and create a backbone to regeneration are under threat due to under-occupation and a vacuum of ownership created by the political changes over the past decade. The building shown here is the former Ministry of Culture and Tourism, now being guarded by a local family who have set up a café frequented by the local police and office workers.