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Traditional Myanmar cosmetic aims for Cultural Heritage List

Thanaka – that yellowish paste that Myanmar people of all ages, men and women alike, have smeared on their face for centuries – will be proposed for UNESCO Cultural Heritage listing, according to a government plan. The cosmetic, made from ground tree bark, emits a fragrant scent similar to sandalwood, cools the skin and provides […]

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 […]

Life Restored to a Heritage Landmark in Yangon

YANGON—The Tourist Burma Building—built in 1905—has been renovated by heritage and craft non-profit organization Turquoise Mountain in conjunction with the Yangon regional government and is set to open its doors to the public in mid-July. Standing on a prominent corner of downtown Yangon next to Sule Pagoda and overlooking Mahabandoola Park, the three-story structure has […]

Restored Pegu Club Receives Heritage Trust Blue Plaque

The 136-year old teak clubhouse and former gentlemen’s club during colonial rule, the Pegu Club was awarded a Blue Plaque by the Yangon Heritage Trust on Thursday at a ceremony attended by the trust’s founder, U Thant Myint U, Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein and secretary of the Myanmar Investment Commission U Aung Naing […]

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 […]

Integrating Traditional Medicine Into Primary Health Care Of Myanmar

The Union Government has been seriously encouraging Traditional Medicine (TM), considering it a traditional heritage and a profession which can provide full health care to the people together with modern western medical science to ensure sustainable development and systematic progress, and in the right way. Besides, The Union Government, on its parts, has been working […]

Far from a ‘debt trap’, China’s belt and road allows countries like Myanmar to leapfrog poverty

Andre Wheeler says Western critics overlook the holistic and long-term benefits that China’s multilateral infrastructure investment programme brings to countries like Myanmar. What’s more, they aren’t offering any alternatives A plethora of articles have discussed the risks associated with China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The discussion is often portrayed within a “winners versus losers” framework, […]

Myanmar considers MTF 2020 venues

NAKHON PHANOM, 3 July 2018: Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office’s executive director, Jens Thraenhart, is already floating ideas on where to host the forum in 2020. Myanmar has confirmed it will take up its option to host the Mekong Tourism Forum in May 2020. It will be Thraenhart’s last MTF as the office’s executive director. Talking […]

Artefacts Uncovered in Bagan Hotel Zone

Archaeological artefacts have reportedly been found in the construction project areas in the Bagan hotel zone, according to U Htay Aung, minister for hotels and tourism. The artefacts were found while inspecting the project site of Sandar Hotel Company, which received the permission to construct a hotel in the Bagan Hotel Zone 2. U Htay […]

The struggle to save Yangon’s architectural heritage

Shepherding a flock of tourists through the traffic-congested streets of Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, a local tour guide shouts over the roar of oncoming vehicles. Here, on Bogolay Zay Street amid the moss-covered, weather-stained, early-20th Century facades in the historic centre of the city, the history of the colonial buildings that make up old […]