A Land Eager to Look Rich: Luxury Brands Edge Into Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — “Every man has a crazy hobby,” said U Thiri Thein Than, an automotive engineer from Yangon who also has a home in Tokyo. “For me, it’s cars and watches.” For years Mr. Thiri Thein Than, 40, has done his higher-end shopping overseas. But in March, he visited a boutique that the Swiss […]

Myanmar tourism boom set to bring 7.5m visitors a year

YANGON (AFP) – Myanmar is hoping to lure 7.5 million tourists a year by 2019, an official said on Tuesday (Aug 2), as the impoverished former junta-ruled nation emerges as one of Southeast Asia’s hot destinations. Travel to the once-cloistered country used to be reserved for the well-heeled and intrepid, prepared to endure the travails […]

Myanmar census data undercuts Buddhist hardliner claims

NAY PYI TAW: Muslims make up just over two per cent of Myanmar’s population, government census figures showed on Thursday (Jul 21), undercutting claims by Buddhist hardliners that Islam poses a threat to the dominance of their faith. Full details from the 2014 count, the first of its kind in decades, was withheld for almost […]

Myanmar is cracking down on Buddhist extremism directed at Muslims

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar is cracking down on Buddhist extremism, aiming to curb ethnic and religious tension that saw two mosques destroyed and scores of Muslim residents fleeing their villages in recent weeks. Nobel Peace Prize winner and government leader Aung San Suu Kyi has come under criticism from human rights activists and lawyers for […]

Vietnam Airlines recalls in-flight magazine over Shwedagon Pagoda-related cover controversy

The Vietnamese national flag carrier is pulling copies of the latest issue of an in-flight magazine from all of its planes, as the cover of the publication has purportedly drawn the ire of the Buddhist community in Myanmar. The November edition of Vietnam Airlines-run Heritage Fashion features a model wearing ao dai on its cover, […]

Back From the Dead in Myanmar

YANGON — Measuring around 17 centimeters in length and weighing about 1 ounce, the Jerdon’s babbler of Mayanmar is a small brown bird that is similar in appearance to a common house sparrow. Discovered by pioneering British botanist Thomas C. Jerdon in 1862, the Jerdon’s babbler is best known for its caramel-colored plumage, for its […]

Myanmar aims for Mrauk U to join UNESCO list

MYANMAR’S archaeological zone of Mrauk U in Rakhine State is preparing to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Culture. Mrauk U contains some 200 Buddhist monuments such as temples, stupas and monasteries mostly built in the 15th and 16th centuries AD. It is also known […]

Direct flights to open between Yangon and Yogyakarta

Direct flights between Yogyakarta and Myanmar will start this year with the aim of boosting the number of tourists from Myanmar visiting the city and other places in Indonesia, reports the Jakarta Globe on February 11. Indonesia’s ambassador to Myanmar Mr Ito Sumardi told media that only dozens of tourists from Myanmar visit Indonesia each […]

Asean Chair – Myanmar’s new challenge

YANGON – For years after joining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in 1997, Myanmar was the regional albatross, dragging the group’s reputation down with its human rights record and refusal to ditch military rule.  The annual Southeast Asia summits, often lacking in other substance, became forums for western democracies and human rights groups […]

Myanmar pipeline project gives China pause for thought

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) on June 4 announced the completion of its Sino-Myanmar gas pipeline project (Myanmar section), signaling that it is ready to enter trial production. The oil pipeline between the two countries is currently 94 percent complete. As China’s fourth largest strategic energy import channel, the China-Myanmar Oil and Gas Pipeline Project, […]