Heritage Preservation Potential Boost for Tourism

​​ On March 1, Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein posted a clip on Facebook saying that the regional government is preserving around 200 heritage buildings in Yangon. “We are preserving heritage buildings in Yangon numbering about 200 buildings … We also plan to preserve and renovate … the old Ministry of Hotels and […]

Rangoon to Launch Public Waterfront Area in 2017

​​ RANGOON — In an attempt to promote tourism, the Rangoon Division government will open a public downtown waterfront area next year, creating another tourist destination in Burma’s business hub. Situated on the bank of Hlaing River, also known as the Rangoon River, the former capital of Burma boasts a long riverfront, but public access […]

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 […]

YHT publishes new plan to rejuvenate Yangon

The Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) released on September 27 its new plan to rejuvenate Yangon by conserving its heritage sites and modernising its infrastructure to make it “Asia’s most livable city”. The plan includes maps, descriptions and opinions on preserving Yangon’s heritage places and strategies for long-term development. The plan includes 24 projects, including expanding […]

Threatened treasures

Smart urban policy planning with an eye on preserving Yangon’s colonial-era and heritage buildings will determine the city’s future – and tourism appeal, writes Xinyi Liang-Pholsena In a region that has lost much of its architectural heritage, Yangon stands out for its intact colonial core, due to years of neglect and stagnancy under the military […]

Yangon Heritage Trust to Probe Public Opinion

Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT), an NGO which works towards conserving historic buildings in Yangon, has announced the start of a survey to gauge the public’s opinion on city heritage. The project, carried out with the support from New Zealand government and Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), aims to understand how Yangon residents value their local […]

History needs Help

Preservation advocates face uphill struggle to save colonial buildings amid the development boom in Myanmar’s biggest city. Settled between the green warehouses of Yangon’s Jetty Wharf, the historic colonial-era Keighley Street Goods Office of Burma Railways is in disrepair. Originally constructed in the 1880s with an attached rail line, the once-bustling depot was an important […]

Blue plaques to mark Yangon’s heritage

Yangon City Hall is the first building to receive a blue plaque from Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) marking its historical importance. It is part of a campaign will see about 100 plaques placed at historical buildings and sites in the city as part of an effort to spread knowledge of the city’s history, said U […]