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Chinese magazine’s depiction of Mandalay palace causes anger in Myanmar

The monthly magazine China Today is under fire over its cover photo for a story on China-Myanmar relations. The cover of the June issue featuring the old palace walls in Mandalay with a reflection of a Chinese palace wall in Mandalay’s moat has gone viral this week. Social media commenters said the picture undermines the […]

Yangon, Mandalay vie for best-city status

The debate between Mandalay and Yangon, and which is city the better to live in, has been heating up on social media. Shwedagon Pagoda may take the spotlight in advertising campaigns, but Mandalay has King Mindon’s Palace, the U Bein Bridge and the popular holiday destination Pyin Oo Lwin is just a few hours away. […]

Influx of tourists can negatively impact Myanmar

Myanmar will not reap long-term benefits in opening up the country for tourists, if there is lack of policy to safeguard the environment, society and human rights, said a report. Released Friday, the report entitled “Myanmar Tourism Sector-wide Impact Assessment” said an influx of tourists can negatively impact Myanmar’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage.  “There […]

Lawyers’ Network to battle MIC over court tenders

Members of the Lawyers’ Network have protested against a government decision to lease two court buildings to private companies and have threatened to sue the Myanmar Investment Commission. About 50 lawyers from the network walked from the High Court on Maha Bandoola Park Street to Small Claims Court on Strand Road during the May 28 […]

President Thein Sein discusses tourism boom with hoteliers

BAGAN—President Thein Sein yesterday discussed matters related to Myanmar’s booming tourism industry with hoteliers in the Bagan Hotel Zone in Bagan Region, one of the country’s prime tourist destinations. “These three groups—government, the hoteliers association and the administration sector—need to cooperate with each other to help increase the number of tourist arrivals in Myanmar. The […]