Questions Raised About $300 Million Downtown Development Project

YANGON — Land clearing and demolition for a project worth more than US$300 million on the former site of a Defense Services Museum, near Shwedagon Pagoda, has prompted a lawmaker to inquire about the initiative in the upcoming parliamentary session. U Kyaw Zay Ya, a Yangon regional lawmaker representing Dagon Township—where the site is located—told […]

Kempinski Hotel Slated for Historical Yangon Building in Controversial Plan

NAYPYIDAW — Switzerland’s Kempinski Group, a Thai investor and a Burmese conglomerate have been allowed to turn Yangon’s colonial-era, former Police Commissioner’s Office into an international luxury hotel, a senior official said on Monday. The privatization plan is being fiercely opposed, however, by a group of Burmese lawyers who want to restore the landmark building […]