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, two-story house in Yangon’s Kamayut Township, antique dealer and former archaeology student Marcus Augustine weaves between rows of wooden statues and stacks of ceramics and silverware, showing off the array of artifacts his ...

Photo essays

‘We Feel Neglected’: Life waist-deep in a flooded Myanmar village

‘We Feel Neglected’: Life waist-deep in a flooded Myanmar village

The residents of Nanbaw village are no stranger to floods. Every rainy season, the rivers around them swell, and they are forced to suffer bouts of dampness, but life goes on as...

Karen rebels live and die waiting for a distant peace

Karen rebels live and die waiting for a distant peace

A few feet down an unmarked dirt road that diverges from the Kawkareik-Myawady road in southern Kayin State, I and the rest of the crew working on a documentary video about the...

Yangon’s great garbage fire fueled by folly

Yangon’s great garbage fire fueled by folly

A lack of long-term government planning created the conditions for the Htein Bin landfill fire, and the effort to extinguish it is probably making things worse. From a distance,...

How the quest to protect vintage movie palaces could make Myanmar cities more livable

How the quest to protect vintage movie palaces could make Myanmar cities more livable

Myanmar’s vintage, standalone cinemas are the subject of a documentary project by photographer Philip Jablon and a renovation campaign by Mingalar Cinemas. These efforts...

Effortless photos of the super blue blood moon

Effortless photos of the super blue blood moon

Dozens of people gathered outside Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda last night to snap photos of the super blue blood moon. Here’s what most of us saw. Wow.

Of Mountains and Mysteries: a journey through northern Chin State

Of Mountains and Mysteries: a journey through northern Chin State

Words and photos by Marie Starr We left Kalay for Tedim with a live pig in a basket strapped to the roof of the minivan. Almost immediately we were ascending dusty, narrow...

The Secretariat’s hidden beauty

The Secretariat’s hidden beauty

Yangon’s Secretariat Building might be the most important building in Myanmar. It was built over 100 years ago as the headquarters of British colonial rule. It was where General...

Tazaungdaing in Kalaw: Risk your life in peace

Tazaungdaing in Kalaw: Risk your life in peace

Every November, people from around the world flock to the notorious fire balloon festival in the Shan State capital of Taunggyi to celebrate Tazaungdaing – the official end of...

Viral photos reveal glitches in the Myanmar matrix

Viral photos reveal glitches in the Myanmar matrix

A post in the hilariously informative Myanmar Breaking News Facebook group that has been shared over 1,000 times since last night will leave you wondering whether your life is...


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