Artefacts Uncovered in Bagan Hotel Zone

Archaeological artefacts have reportedly been found in the construction project areas in the Bagan hotel zone, according to U Htay Aung, minister for hotels and tourism. The artefacts were found while inspecting the project site of Sandar Hotel Company, which received the permission to construct a hotel in the Bagan Hotel Zone 2. U Htay […]

The struggle to save Yangon’s architectural heritage

Shepherding a flock of tourists through the traffic-congested streets of Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, a local tour guide shouts over the roar of oncoming vehicles. Here, on Bogolay Zay Street amid the moss-covered, weather-stained, early-20th Century facades in the historic centre of the city, the history of the colonial buildings that make up old […]

Yangon Heritage Trust to Probe Public Opinion

Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT), an NGO which works towards conserving historic buildings in Yangon, has announced the start of a survey to gauge the public’s opinion on city heritage. The project, carried out with the support from New Zealand government and Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), aims to understand how Yangon residents value their local […]

Myanmar: the battle to save the built heritage of old Yangon

Without proper planning, the city could follow the path of many of its Asian neighbours in losing its architectural character Yangon is at a turning point. Since the beginning of economic reforms in 2011, dozens of new hotels, office and apartment towers have been built. Many more are being planned, together with mammoth infrastructure projects […]

Dagon City ‘Will Resume’, Amid Calls for Planning Overhaul

YANGON — Two weeks after the sudden suspension of the Dagon City 1 high-rise project highlighted the inconsistencies of Yangon’s current planning regime, the development appears set to go ahead as planned after a government review is concluded. Along with four other projects nearby, work at the 22-acre Dagon City 1 site was halted on […]

Blue plaques to mark Yangon’s heritage

Yangon City Hall is the first building to receive a blue plaque from Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) marking its historical importance. It is part of a campaign will see about 100 plaques placed at historical buildings and sites in the city as part of an effort to spread knowledge of the city’s history, said U […]

UNESCO Listing to Ramp Up Tourism Investments

UNESCO’s recent listing of three ancient Pyu-walled cities, in Myanmar’s dry upper Irrawaddy regions, are widely hoped to increase sustainable investment in the regions, with the possibility of future tourism to the World Heritage sites boosted. The cities, Sri Ksetra, Halin and Beikthano, represent a large stretch of area occupied by the bronze-age Pyu people, […]

Limited high-rises under new Yangon zoning scheme

Limiting the number of high-rise development projects in Yangon will preserve the city’s heritage while continuing to attract foreign investment – that’s the message of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) regarding the city’s zoning plan, a spokesperson said last week during a meeting. A view of downtown Yangon. Photo: StaffA view of downtown Yangon. […]