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 […]

Two bus lines partially suspended

Yangon bus riders are paying the price for two deadly accidents caused by reckless drivers earlier this year. Route numbers 51 and 57 were both partially suspended in response to the crashes, leading crowded lines to become only more cramped. The Yangon Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, better known by its Myanmar-language acronym Ma Hta […]

Dagon City 1 Dumped by Government under Pressure from Religious, Civic and Social Organizations

The Union Government announced on July 7 that the Dagon City 1 Project in Yangon has been shut down permanently in a bilateral agreement between the government and the luxury property developers. “There were growing concerns among the people, monks, scholars and experts about the dangers of these projects to the Shwedagon Pagoda. The Myanmar […]

Food Delivery Business in Yangon – is it Viable?

Now that the monsoon season has started in Yangon it might be easier to eat-in during lunch or dinner time. Unfortunately, for Yangonites that are trying to avoid getting drenched during the wet season, few restaurants offer delivery and there are little to no choice when it comes to food delivery services that are of […]

Pioneering bus line forced to lay off staff as losses mount

A joint attempt by the government and private sector to solve many of the problems of Yangon’s traffic congestion is close to collapse. Forever Green Road Transport has fired 15 bus conductors, about 30 percent of its total, citing monthly losses. A spokesperson for the company blamed the lack of government support. The company – […]