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Myanmar to open museum in late UN chief's house

7:38 AM, Apr 6, 2013   |    comments
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - A home of the United Nations' first Asian secretary-general, the late U Thant, will open as a museum in Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon. 

Government officials, diplomats and members of U Thant's family gathered Saturday to unveil the restored home, a two-story yellow villa built in the 1920s. 

It underwent a six-month renovation as part of an effort to preserve the colonial-era cityscape of one of Asia's last untouched cities that has been led by the historian Thant Myint-U, who is U Thant's grandson. 

U Thant was the U.N.'s third chief, leading the world body from 1961 to 1971. He lived in the home prior to becoming secretary-general, while serving as a top adviser to Myanmar's then-Prime Minister U Nu. 

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