Just Say Go
After several intriguing reviews we decided it was time to check out the Drug Elimination Museum, the name itself is enough to make you curious. This national oddity did not disappoint. Make sure to visit with equal parts understanding and cynicism. Enough understanding to appreciate that Myanmar does sit at the impasse of one of the world’s most vicious drug zones- and the cynicism to see that the museum is mostly just a propaganda piece. The museum is three floors of dioramas, charts and photographs, as well as actual drug paraphernalia and samples, all meant to promote the single message that drugs, mainly opium, and the businesses that surround them are a foreign imposed plague. Every display celebrates the many campaigns, both military and reform, which Myanmar leaders have led against the scourge of drug cultivation and use in their country. At one display guests can ‘take action’ with their favorite general by pushing a button which ‘blows up’ a stockpile of amphetamine bottles! If that’s not weird enough, take into account that the museum sits on acres of vacant urban property and is one of the largest buildings in the city, yet it's almost always devoid of visitors. When we went the power also cut out soon after our arrival. If slightly creepy, strange and provocative all sounds like adjectives that fascinate you then this is your place. Even the fees are bizarre- 3,000k for entrance yet 5,000k for camera use.
By Curtis Fox
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Kyun Taw Rd, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)