Rangoon Survey Reveals Nearly 6,000 Heritage Buildings

RANGOON—An on-going survey conducted by Yangon Heritage Trust has revealed that the former capital has nearly 6,000 heritage buildings across the city. The non-governmental organization advocating for heritage protection in the city has been carrying out the Urban Heritage Inventory since it was founded in 2012. So far it has logged nearly 6,000 heritage buildings—some dating back to […]

Heritage Preservation Potential Boost for Tourism

​​ On March 1, Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein posted a clip on Facebook saying that the regional government is preserving around 200 heritage buildings in Yangon. “We are preserving heritage buildings in Yangon numbering about 200 buildings … We also plan to preserve and renovate … the old Ministry of Hotels and […]

Rangoon to Launch Public Waterfront Area in 2017

​​ RANGOON — In an attempt to promote tourism, the Rangoon Division government will open a public downtown waterfront area next year, creating another tourist destination in Burma’s business hub. Situated on the bank of Hlaing River, also known as the Rangoon River, the former capital of Burma boasts a long riverfront, but public access […]

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 […]

History needs Help

Preservation advocates face uphill struggle to save colonial buildings amid the development boom in Myanmar’s biggest city. Settled between the green warehouses of Yangon’s Jetty Wharf, the historic colonial-era Keighley Street Goods Office of Burma Railways is in disrepair. Originally constructed in the 1880s with an attached rail line, the once-bustling depot was an important […]

Debate rages on Yangon waterfront’s future

The port facilities ringing Strand Road on the Yangon River are being upgraded even as some experts are calling for increased public use of Yangon’s waterfront. Myanma Port Authority is overseeing the construction of 10 new jetties by a range of companies, all of which are slated to open this year. Plans include constructing more […]

Yangon zoning plan in limbo as experts push for re-start

Yangon’s zoning plan is due for a restart after contentious discussions meant the process had ground to a halt, according to U Toe Aung, urban planner with Yangon City Development Committee. “The zoning plan was recently halted as we contended with foreign developers who wanted to build high-rises,” he said. Authorities may be hesitating on […]

Zoning plans remain stalled

A zoning and land-use plan to protect heritage buildings and Yangon’s most important religious site, Shwedagon Pagoda, remains locked in endless rounds of discussions more than a year after the laws were proposed. Twenty Yangon townships have been earmarked for heritage protection under the as-yet-unwritten plans, a Yangon City Development Committee official said last week. […]