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Mandalay: City of the future?

An energetic mayor and revamped municipal authority are giving Myanmar’s second city a tech-based makeover, which is being embraced by residents tired of past mismanagement. “MANDALAY is like a Phoenix from ancient Greek mythology. Like the mythical bird, Mandalay will always rise and regenerate from the ashes,” the renowned author Mya Than Tint wrote in […]

Bagan makes UNESCO list, but challenges remain

MANDALAY—After years of effort, Bagan, the archaeological zone and major tourist attraction in central Myanmar, was finally inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List at the World Heritage Committee’s 43th session Saturday. Bagan, a major tourist attraction in central Myanmar, houses more than 3,000 pagodas and temples dating from the 9th to the 13th centuries. Despite […]

Myanmar’s Busy Black Economy ‘Threatens Reforms’

It can be as small as a mobile phone, as long as a felled teak tree, or as bulky as a four-door sedan. The size of the goods doesn’t seem to matter in Burma’s thriving black market economy. Someone somewhere is simply turning a blind eye or taking a bribe to help keep the illegal […]