YCDC aims to reduce groundwater pumping in Yangon’s outskirts

The Yangon City Development Committee will try to reduce groundwater pumping by improving public water distribution, said Yangon Mayor Maung Maung Soe at yesterday’s regional parliament session. The mayor’s statement was in response to a question from regional MP Than Swe of Mingalar Taung Nyunt Constituency-2. The MP asked about YCDC’s plans to improve the water

Urban development

Yangon chief minister leaves irritated after 30-minute blackout during SME conference

Politicians — they’re just like us, they have to deal with blackouts at the most inconvenient times too. According to 7Day, Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein was recently...

Yangon chief minister leaves irritated after 30-minute blackout during SME conference

Paradiso Cinemas to build 45 theaters across Myanmar this year

Paradiso Cinemas plans to build 45 movie theaters in Myanmar’s smaller towns this year, plus an additional 55 next year. Paradiso – a joint venture between MAZE and Myanmar...

Paradiso Cinemas to build 45 theaters across Myanmar this year

Mingalar Mon Market KTV employees protest YCDC order to shut down

Around 200 owners and employees of several KTVs located in the Mingalar Mon Market compound staged a protest on Saturday in response to the government abruptly closing down their...

Mingalar Mon Market KTV employees protest YCDC order to shut down

Uber launches taxi-only service in Myanmar

The cab-hailing app Uber officially launched its services in Myanmar this morning. Rather than pitting private vehicle owners against traditional taxi services, as it has done...

Uber launches taxi-only service in Myanmar

Critics of proposed Saigon motorbike ban point to Yangon’s car-crammed hellscape

For almost a year, Vietnam’s city-dwellers have been embroiled in a heated debate about the future of their streets. “We should ban motorbikes,” one side says. The...

Critics of proposed Saigon motorbike ban point to Yangon’s car-crammed hellscape

YCDC attempts to ‘explain’ city blackouts with a shrug

We don’t know how comforting this news is, but Yangon authorities state that in spite of common misconceptions, the recent power cuts in several townships across the city...

YCDC attempts to ‘explain’ city blackouts with a shrug

Lawmakers slam ‘poorly planned’ Yangon Bus Service

Members of the Yangon Region parliament spoke out yesterday against the failings of the Yangon Bus Service (YBS), saying the service is badly managed and lacks financial...

Lawmakers slam ‘poorly planned’ Yangon Bus Service

Uber launches Yangon trial this week

Uber is officially launching a trial period starting this week, a spokesperson for the company confirmed to Coconuts Yangon. The rep told Coconuts: “Uber is carrying out...

Uber launches Yangon trial this week

Temporary power cuts scheduled for parts of Yangon today

Heads-up, Yangon — parts of the city are scheduled to experience temporary power cuts between 12 pm and 2 pm today, the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation has announced. The...

Temporary power cuts scheduled for parts of Yangon today

Coconuts Yangon Urban development

Visiting writers often describe Yangon as a city “where time stood still”. Years of international isolation have kept the commercial center of Myanmar in a curious state of preservation – clerks still prepare type-written contracts on the street, and there are thousands of colonial-era buildings. But since reforms were introduced in 2011, that’s been changing fast. High-rises have been popping up in between the moldering mansions. Flyovers were erected by the former government in a much-criticized measure to combat traffic. For a while, it seemed like there was no real plan. In 2016, the city welcomed a popular new chief minister, Phyo Min Thein, who placed an emphasis on controlled development. There are high hopes that forging Yangon’s bright new future won’t mean destroying the charming relics of its past.