Long shall Yangon’s crap foreign restaurant boom continue

It the beginning of last year, Yangon had around 250 restaurants listed on TripAdvisor. Today the number has more than doubled, yet upwards of 100 of those – largely those offering regional or Western cuisine – have shuttered permanently. Some were too ahead of their time, opening to rave reviews but finding themselves without a […]

Heritage Trust Unveils ‘21st Century’ Blueprint for Rangoon

Following a four-year study of Rangoon’s urban landscape, the Yangon Heritage Trust has unveiled its vision to revitalize the former capital. Released on Wednesday and open to public consultation on the organization’s website, the ‘Yangon as a Great 21st Century City’ blueprint advocates preserving large tracts of Rangoon’s urban heritage as the city develops. The […]

Two bus lines partially suspended

Yangon bus riders are paying the price for two deadly accidents caused by reckless drivers earlier this year. Route numbers 51 and 57 were both partially suspended in response to the crashes, leading crowded lines to become only more cramped. The Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar-language acronym Ma Hta […]

Dagon City 1 Dumped by Government under Pressure from Religious, Civic and Social Organizations

The Union Government announced on July 7 that the Dagon City 1 Project in Yangon has been shut down permanently in a bilateral agreement between the government and the luxury property developers. “There were growing concerns among the people, monks, scholars and experts about the dangers of these projects to the Shwedagon Pagoda. The Myanmar […]

Food Delivery Business in Yangon – is it Viable?

Now that the monsoon season has started in Yangon it might be easier to eat-in during lunch or dinner time. Unfortunately, for Yangonites that are trying to avoid getting drenched during the wet season, few restaurants offer delivery and there are little to no choice when it comes to food delivery services that are of […]

Pioneering bus line forced to lay off staff as losses mount

A joint attempt by the government and private sector to solve many of the problems of Yangon’s traffic congestion is close to collapse. Forever Green Road Transport has fired 15 bus conductors, about 30 percent of its total, citing monthly losses. A spokesperson for the company blamed the lack of government support. The company – […]

The many faces of Yangon, revealed on Facebook

A photographic project featuring the people of New York has inspired a group of Yangon teenagers to capture images of a diverse range of the city’s residents. The “Humans of New York” project started in November 2010 with a target of collecting 10,000 portraits of city dwellers and has become a social media phenomenon, with […]

Traders Hotel Yangon rebranded as Sule Shangri-La

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts today announced Traders Hotel, Yangon in Myanmar has rebranded to operate as Sule Shangri-La, Yangon following an extensive renovation that took two-and-a-half years to complete. The 484-room hotel, which is positioned on Sule Pagoda Road near the landmark namesake pagoda that is over 2,000 years old, has been a major fixture […]

British day out in Yangon

“See Bagan and live. See Angkor Wat and die,” says my guide Phaphophon Chantharawattanakul, quoting British historian Arnold Toynbee, as he leads me on a stroll through the streets of Old Yangon. “See Yangon and cry,” I retort, narrowly avoiding getting run over as we brave Yangon’s crazy traffic to reach Sule Pagoda. Founded and […]