Restoration project reopens ‘best view in Yangon’

Through a doorway where colonial shoppers once flocked, up several flights of steps and a wrought-iron spiral staircase, there lies one of the most splendid sights in downtown Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Gazing to the left from a panoramic roof terrace, almost within touching distance, is the top of the gleaming Sule Pagoda. Slightly beyond […]

Myanmar’s Approach to India

Myanmar can be described as the quintessential small state whose foreign policy is impinged on by the overtures of its larger neighbors — China and India. That is in part due to its geographical location impacting Myanmar’s policy formulation, but also a reflection of the fact that, historically, Myanmar’s military rule has led to global […]

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 […]

Strand colonial police building to be converted to 5-star hotel

The company behind a controversial redevelopment of the former colonial-era Police Commissioner’s office building on Strand Road has outlined its vision for a US$50 million five-star hotel, despite opposition from conservationists. Officials from the little-known company behind the project, Flying Tiger Engineering, say the property, which the working name of The State House Hotel, will […]