Steering Yangon clear of urban disaster

Smart urban planning will determine Yangon’s future and – if the government gets it right – could be worth tens of billions of US dollars. U Thant Myint-U, founder of non-profit Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT), said yesterday that urban policy planning will determine whether or not Yangon will have a multi-billion-dollar-a-year tourism industry. “It will […]

Shwedagon and Yangon cannot be divided, says forum speaker

Shwedagon Pagoda is the historical and cultural centre of Yangon, and if its character should fade, the character of Yangon will also fade away, said Daw Hlaing Maw Oo, assistant director of the Department of Human Settlement and Housing Development’s Urban and Regional Planning Division. If modern high-rise buildings are built close to the pagoda, […]

Developer warns against rumours on paused project

MARGA Landmark has issued a statement clarifying its mixed-use Dagon City One project and warned against what it calls critics spreading wrong information and engaging in groundless speculation. Dagon City One is one of five projects that have been temporarily suspended by government authorities since February, following public concern that the projects may affect the […]

Five projects near Shwedagon are suspended

Five large construction projects have been suspended by government authorities due to concerns over proximity to Shwedagon, according to local media. The Thu Kha Yadanar Co, Shwe Taung Hday Development, Dagon City 1 by Marga Landmark, Shwe Taung Development and Adventure Myanmar Tour and Incentives projects have all been put on hiatus while Yangon and […]

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 […]

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. […]