Dung and Dragons: Myanmar kids dodge cows to play rugby

Sidestepping cowpats and garbage, Myanmar’s only home-grown junior rugby side train on the outskirts of Yangon, preparing to take on children from the city’s well-heeled international schools. When the Little Dragons aren’t running barefoot on the litter-strewn dirt, the makeshift field on the outskirts of Yangon is sometimes used as a cockfighting ring or a fairground. But every ...

Dharma Dogs: Buddhist chants calm stray Myanmar mutts

Dharma Dogs: Buddhist chants calm stray Myanmar mutts

Pumped out over speakers, Buddhist chants play for packs of stray dogs at a Yangon shelter in an unusual effort to calm them down as Myanmar struggles to control a ballooning...

Dragons and wizards fired up at Myanmar rocket festival

Dragons and wizards fired up at Myanmar rocket festival

Clad in elaborate headdresses representing dragons and wizards, Myanmar’s ethnic Pa’O fire huge, homemade rockets into the sky — an annual call for plentiful...

Slaves to the Poppy: How decades of conflict have led to modern-day slavery in Myanmar’s Shan State

Slaves to the Poppy: How decades of conflict have led to modern-day slavery in Myanmar’s Shan State

Lway Kay* sits inside a dimly lit shack picking bugs and stale rice from a large bag. She is incredibly adept at preparing the rice for her family’s meals, and she needs to...

New FB group brings fishy memes to Burmese teens

New FB group brings fishy memes to Burmese teens

From snarky historical references (who would win, two of the largest armies in the world or a random guy with a weird looking hat, i.e. General Aung San) to heated discussions...

Myanmar’s atypical music duo talk art, identity and the music industry

Myanmar’s atypical music duo talk art, identity and the music industry

Both W-A.I., aka Waiyan Kyawni, and Steph KoKo seem like pretty typical millennials — mindful of the latest trends, tuned into the hashtag zeitgeist, and always down to...

Rights groups protest in downtown Yangon mark Reuters reporters one year in detention (IN PICTURES)

Rights groups protest in downtown Yangon mark Reuters reporters one year in detention (IN PICTURES)

Journalists and rights groups rallied in downtown Yangon on Wednesday to mark one year since the detention of two Reuters journalists, who are serving seven-year sentences related...

Augustine’s Antiques: Stewards of Myanmar history

Augustine’s Antiques: Stewards of Myanmar history

The family behind Augustine’s Antiques have been collecting rare and beautiful objects from throughout Myanmar’s history for more than 50 years. In a cramped,...

The struggles of being a Burmese millennial

The struggles of being a Burmese millennial

Myanmar has changed in so many great ways over the last couple of years, but the pressure to maintain the culture, values, and traditions we grew up with remains a part of...

Woke memes for Burmese teens: A Q&A with Baelachaung

Woke memes for Burmese teens: A Q&A with Baelachaung

In a little over a month, a mysterious Instagram account called baelachaung has attracted over 1,000 followers to its seemingly endless stash of incisive memes about the...


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Coconuts Yangon Features

Features are among our favorite things to publish here at Coconuts Yangon, mainly because they allow us to delve deep into a really cool/exciting/interesting aspect of life in Yangon or Myanmar in general. Although our daily news updates are sharp and generally designed to be read while on the go, our features are where readers come when they’re sitting back with a nice cup of tea and want to read some in-depth pieces that aren’t always necessarily timely, but are all equally engaging and thought-provoking. If you have a really large chunk of free time on your hands, take a look through our dedicated ‘Long Reads’ section where the articles may be long (who would’ve thunk), but they’re also so fascinating that you’ll be too engrossed by the research to pay attention to the length. In the past, we’ve interviewed people who are working to preserve the city’s rich heritage, investigated what’s prompting Myanmar youth to ditch their chosen English names for their given Myanmar ones, and published unique op-eds on a range of topics by individuals from various fields — and there are still loads more pieces that we’re currently working on and even more that we’re planning on working on. Regardless of whether it falls under the topic of art, history, science, sports, or literally anything else, if it pertains to Myanmar and is something we ourselves would like to read, then we’re writing it. Conversely, if there’s a piece that you’d like to read that no local media, including ourselves, has written, feel free to send us a pitch. In the meantime, make a cup of yay nway gyan, settle down, and happy reading!