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A clean-up campaign for Yangon’s air pollution

The SHWEDAGON Pagoda was our first stop on a mission to gather data on air quality in various locations across Yangon, which began one Sunday morning in late March. The air quality in the commercial capital seemed to have deteriorated throughout the hot season, and we wanted to know how bad it was and what […]

Restoration project reopens ‘best view in Yangon’

Through a doorway where colonial shoppers once flocked, up several flights of steps and a wrought-iron spiral staircase, there lies one of the most splendid sights in downtown Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Gazing to the left from a panoramic roof terrace, almost within touching distance, is the top of the gleaming Sule Pagoda. Slightly beyond […]

This website lets you see Yangon change over a century

Do you ever wonder what Yangon was like before all the cars came? A new online documentary project launched last week called Yangon Time Machine aims to give visitors a glimpse of how this city has changed over the last century or more. The website is filled with vintage photos of famous places in Yangon […]

Yangon Central Railway Comprehensive Development Project to Continue

The Union government will select a winner for the tender of the Yangon Central Railway Comprehensive Development Project by next month, U Htun Aung Thin, general manager of Myanma Railways (lower Myanmar). Under the project, Yangon Railway Station is to be redesigned and rebuilt as an international standard railway station equipped with modern business outlets […]

Return of shared taxi service to heat up Yangon market

The Yangon Regional Government is planning to allow the return of shared taxi services between the outskirts and Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon, said Daw Nilar Kyaw, Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication. The move comes amid rising demand and is likely to introduce more competition in the Yangon taxi market. It is also […]

MPT to expand fibre-optic service to Mandalay

State-owned telecommunication operator Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication (MPT) will offer Fiber To The Home (FTTH) – an internet service – in Mandalay next month. FTTH is the setting of fibre-optic cables from a central point to one’s accommodation, providing access to internet. MPT announced on their official page that FTTH will offer online services ranging […]

Yangon Central Railway Station redevelopment to start in 2018

The redevelopment of Yangon Central Railway Station will start next year, said general manager U Htun Aung Thin from Myanma Railways. Myanma Railways aimed to upgrade Yangon railways station to become as an international standard in order to provide more convenience and comfort to passengers. Myanma Railways aimed to construct modern buildings which will include […]

Sustainable Yangon Relies on Waterfront and Railway

Yangon has a framework to become a sustainable city, with three key areas which need to be prioritised for development in order to develop the city’s sustainability, said Robert Marshall, director of planning and landscape of Canada-based urban planning firm B+H Architects. Pedestrian routes through historic central business district (CBD) areas, water bus transport and […]

History Comes Alive in Yangon

PROGRESS is inevitable in Yangon, in a country just opening up and changing after Aung San Suu Kyi’s victory in Myanmar’s first free election in 25 years. Mass tourism may even set in, which prompted me to take a week-long holiday in the nation’s former capital before it is awash with tourists. In a frenzy […]

The land of the $20 smartphone

“This one $40, this one $30 … that one $20!” The owner of the street stall, a man of about 30 years wearing a traditional longyi tied around his waist, is gesturing at a phone that looks, to my eyes, like a mid-range Android phone. It bears the brand Singtech, a brand among myriad others […]