Myanmar’s new dawn: timeline of a troubled nation

YANGON – Myanmar entered a new era on Wednesday as the first civilian-led government took over with the swearing in of Aung San Suu Kyi’s proxy president Htin Kyaw, officially ending decades of brutal and isolationist military control. Here is a timeline of a nation that went from colony to military dictatorship, but has begun […]

Inside Burma’s pawn shop culture: ‘We wouldn’t accept filthy kitchen utensils, or used underwear’

In an unlicensed pawnshop in Kungyangon, southern Burma, a carrier bag full of empty cassette tape cases sits coated in a thick layer of dust on a top shelf. The cases still have their sleeves, featuring cheesy mug shots of Burmese pop stars from days gone by. These obsolete little artefacts are not forgotten junk, […]

A taxing matter for the real estate sector

Will the assessment scheme halt soaring land prices? Real estate agents say a government move to generate more taxation revenue from property transactions has assessed the value of land, houses and apartments in Yangon at about 40 percent of market prices. The reaction follows the release by the Ministry of Revenue and Finance in September […]

Serge Pun Constructs A Real-Estate Empire In Myanmar

The road to Star City is a rutted two-lane highway that threads past the ragtag outskirts of Yangon, crosses two rusted bridges and ends, almost an hour later, at a slick showroom on a grassy riverbank. A roadside billboard welcomes me to “A Model City of Tomorrow.” After a bumpy ride in monsoon rains the […]