Heritage law promises more protection

Construction projects near old buildings and pagodas will be required to receive permission from the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library under a new law. Yangon’s heritage buildings are increasingly viewed as a tourist draw, though many of them are under threat. The Protection and Preservation of Ancient Buildings Law passed last month is […]

Historic Rowe & Co building lives on with a new purpose

Yangon Heritage Trust is touting a building owned by AYA Bank as a fine example of historical repurposing, awarding it a blue plaque to mark its historical designation on September 25. The building at the corner of Mahabandoola Road and Mahabandoola Garden Street next to Yangon City Hall was formerly the location of prominent department […]

Zoning plans remain stalled

A zoning and land-use plan to protect heritage buildings and Yangon’s most important religious site, Shwedagon Pagoda, remains locked in endless rounds of discussions more than a year after the laws were proposed. Twenty Yangon townships have been earmarked for heritage protection under the as-yet-unwritten plans, a Yangon City Development Committee official said last week. […]