Myanmar is known across the world for its strong Buddhist roots and heritage sites, but many would be surprised to know that the nation has some interesting Jewish heritage.
Early Jewish Migration to Myanmar
Sometime during the mid-to-late 1800s around 2500 Jews migrated to Myanmar, then known as Rangoon, to engage in the trade of various items. These Jews arrived from the Middle-East, Israel and Cochin in India.
The Construction of the Synagogue
Musmeah Yeshua was building during the 1890s to cater to the needs of the thousands of Jews that had arrived during the colonial times. The synagogue was built on land that was provided by the British Colonial Government following Burma’s acquisition of independence.
Following the Second World War, the Empire of Japan invaded Myanmar and formed the State of Burma on the 1st of August 1943. Due to the brutality inflicted by Japanese troops throughout this time, many of the Jewish company fled the nation, reducing a community of 2500 to one of 20 in the present day.
The synagogue has become a hidden treasure of sorts among the city’s attractions. If you’re staying at a hotel in Yangon situated nearby such as Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake Yangon, then a visit to this historical attraction is definitely recommended.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+