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Picking up speed on Yangon’s Circular Railway

A RIDE on Yangon’s Circular Railway offers a fascinating if bumpy tour around the commercial capital in the company of passengers from all walks of life, including commuters, vendors and beggars. The 46-kilometre line, with 38 stops, also provides a glimpse of the daily lives of the city’s residents during a round-trip that passes through […]

Searching for Tycoon Lim Chin Tsong

Stories abound about the tycoon who built a Chinese-style mansion in Yangon. One involves a hidden printing press, counterfeit British pounds and an American honey trap. By JEREMY BURNS | FRONTIER LAST YEAR a random coincidence led me to discover and explore the dilapidated, semi-ruined building that was once the grandest mansion in Yangon, Chin […]

Confusion emerges after foreign liquor ban

At a liquor store in downtown Yangon, bottles of whisky and wine are on display. Upon closer inspection, one soon notices that wines from Argentina to New Zealand are for sale, but only whiskies made locally are available. “Foreign liquors are not on display because we are not allowed to sell them,” the sales assistant […]