Myanmar to open museum in home of late UN Secretary-General U Thant

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.