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The future of the Secretariat

At over 100 years old, the splendid centrepiece of Yangon’s colonial heritage, the Secretariat, is a landmark beloved by locals. More than its aesthetic appeal and imposing size, the building holds a special significance for being the site of the 1947 assassination of General Bogyoke Aung San and eight other senior advisers. The Secretariat was […]

‘Moving Yangon Forward’ towards a better transport system

The question of transportation in Yangon was at the forefront of an event last week. The Moving Yangon Forward: The Urban Mobility Forum held at a hotel in Yangon on February 20 discussed how mobility and transportation in Yangon can be improved to make the city a more inclusive for all. The forum saw the […]

Danish Minister for taxation visits Myanmar

The Danish Ministerial delegation, led by Minister of Taxation Karsten Lauritzen paid a visit to Myanmar on 17-20 January 2019 The purpose of the visit is to exchange the viewpoint about tax policies and conditions for foreign companies in Myanmar. At the first day of the visit, Karsten Lauritzen paid a visit to Carlsberg, the […]

Keeping the menorah burning in Myanmar

The corner of MahaBandoola and 26th Street bustles with food service, tightly packed fashion stores, teashops and vendors. The cars squeeze by as people weave their way up and down on their daily business. The place is thriving all day, busy enough that unless you knew what you were looking for, you could easily miss […]

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 […]

Yangon Region seeks to give historic train warehouse a second life

The Yangon regional government has asked the government for money to renovate the 1906 War Tan train warehouse, said Daw Nilar Kyaw, regional minister of Electricity, Transportation and Communication. She told parliament on Thursday the request was included in the budget proposal for fiscal year 2019. “It is a historical building, so we and the […]

Yangon suspends property project near Mya Yeik Nyo Royal Hotel

Residents are objecting to a real estate development project earmarked for construction near the Mya Yeik Nyo Royal Hotel at Pale Street, Bahan township, as it is near Kokkine reservoir, which supplies water to nine townships in Yangon. Locals are concerned about potential damage to the reservoir and water pumping station, as well as obstruction […]

Yangon Heritage Building Reopens to Public

Tourists can now explore one of Myanmar’s most historical colonial buildings as Yangon’s iconic Secretariat opens to the public for the first time in decades. Now high hopes are being pinned on the 120-year-old building becoming a major tourist draw to Yangon, with the launch of tours led by Asia Tours Myanmar while work gets […]

Canadian engagement – Interview with Canadian Ambassador to Myanmar Karen MacArthur

Canada has a growing relationship with Myanmar and recently hosted a visit of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to Ottawa. From the latest statistics, Canada currently has US$202 million invested in Myanmar. Bilateral trade as of 2016 stood at US$92 million, according to Canadian government statistics. In the following interview carried out this […]

Insein GTI to reopen with German help

The 120-year-old Government Technical Institute (GTI) in Insein township, Yangon Region is set to reopen its doors once again and will teach technical and vocational subjects with the help of the German government. U Aye Myint, Director General for the Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Ministry of Education (MOE) said the institute […]