Temporary road closures in Yangon for marathon on Sunday

Yangon’s typically god-awful traffic might (likely will?) get a whole lot worse on Sunday thanks to temporary road closures taking place from 3am-11:30am for the seventh annual Yoma Yangon International Marathon (YYIM). Sections of Yangon’s roads will be sealed off to traffic on a coordinated basis, YYIM project associate Ma Yun told Coconuts Yangon. “We’ve ...

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Viral: K-pop ‘random-play’ flash mob captures imagination of Myanmar youth

Viral: K-pop ‘random-play’ flash mob captures imagination of Myanmar youth

K-pop is kind of a big deal in Myanmar. How big? Since 2013, the majority of international artists to have played concerts here have been K-pop stars – 2NE1 in 2014, BTS in...

Dangerous Lights: Injuries yet again amid Tazaungdaing fest’s exploding hot air balloons

Dangerous Lights: Injuries yet again amid Tazaungdaing fest’s exploding hot air balloons

The Tazaungdaing Festival of Lights has always been dangerous. On some level, it seems almost part of the allure. This year is no different. Nine people were injured on...

VIRAL: Yangon United players attack referees

VIRAL: Yangon United players attack referees

A highlight reel from last week’s match between Yangon United and Hanthawaddy United has been viewed almost a million times, but not because of the players’ skills. Instead,...

Myanmar ladies win gold at indoor skydiving championship

Myanmar ladies win gold at indoor skydiving championship

An all-female Myanmar team won six medals, including one gold, at the 1st Asiania Indoor Skydiving Championship in Chongqing, China, which concluded on Sunday. In the two-way...

Explosives to be restricted at Taunggyi fire balloon festival

Explosives to be restricted at Taunggyi fire balloon festival

This year’s fire balloon festival in Taunggyi, Shan State, is expected to be bigger than in previous years, prompting organizers to enact several new safety measures, including...

VIRAL: Burmese guys playing sepak takraw ‘need to be in the World Cup’

VIRAL: Burmese guys playing sepak takraw ‘need to be in the World Cup’

A clip of six guys playing a majestic game of sepak takraw in a village outside Yangon has gone viral on Instagram, accruing more than two million views after it was picked up by...

World Cup fever still raging in Rohingya refugee camps

World Cup fever still raging in Rohingya refugee camps

The World Cup may be over but passion for the game burns bright in the world’s largest refugee camp, where Brazil and Argentina flags still flutter alongside the red and...

Rohingya FC tells Leeds to cancel Myanmar tour, play with refugees instead

Rohingya FC tells Leeds to cancel Myanmar tour, play with refugees instead

A founder of the Rohingya Football Club has called on Leeds United to cancel its upcoming visit to Myanmar and schedule friendly matches with the team of Rohingya refugees in...

Leeds United owner defends controversial Myanmar tour

Leeds United owner defends controversial Myanmar tour

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani on Wednesday defended the English club’s controversial tour of Myanmar after criticism from politicians and Amnesty International,...


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Coconuts Yangon Sports

Western sports are big here, especially football (soccer), but many traditional sports have also survived. There is chinlone, a kind of mix between hacky sack and badminton, and lethwei, Myanmar traditional kickboxing. Lethwei is a brutal affair. Unlike other martial arts in the region, it allows head-butting. Keep your eyes on this section of Coconuts Yangon for all you need to know about sports in Myanmar.