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 […]

Street Vendor Holdouts, YCDC on Crash Course Over Relocation Plan

​​ Tensions are mounting between Yangon City Development Committee and the commercial capital’s street vendors, as a small contingent refuses to move stalls from their locations on Anawrahta Road. Following a recently announced ban on street stalls on Yangon’s 11 busiest roads, YCDC staff have been travelling around the downtown area with loudspeakers, informing vendors that they […]

Rangoon to Relocate Street Vendors

RANGOON— In an effort to manage the sprawl of street vendors on downtown Rangoon’s congested roads, the city’s municipal authority has designated three locations for vendors and expects to launch them next week, a senior official said. According to U Nyi Nyi Oo, deputy head of the Yangon City Development Committee’s (YCDC) administrative department, the […]

Stall Vendors Banned on 11 Yangon Roads to Ease Traffic

Roadside stall vendors can no longer operate their businesses along 11 roads in Yangon, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) said on Tuesday. Anawrahta, Bogyoke Aung San, Maha Bandoola, Pansodan, Merchant, Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Latha, Lanmadaw, Bonegyi and Strand roads are all affected by the ban. “The ban is meant to reduce traffic jams […]

Long shall Yangon’s crap foreign restaurant boom continue

It the beginning of last year, Yangon had around 250 restaurants listed on TripAdvisor. Today the number has more than doubled, yet upwards of 100 of those – largely those offering regional or Western cuisine – have shuttered permanently. Some were too ahead of their time, opening to rave reviews but finding themselves without a […]

Heritage Trust Unveils ‘21st Century’ Blueprint for Rangoon

Following a four-year study of Rangoon’s urban landscape, the Yangon Heritage Trust has unveiled its vision to revitalize the former capital. Released on Wednesday and open to public consultation on the organization’s website, the ‘Yangon as a Great 21st Century City’ blueprint advocates preserving large tracts of Rangoon’s urban heritage as the city develops. The […]