1 dead, 13 injured as fire rips through Yangon plywood factory

One of the 13 victims of a fire that raged through a Yangon plywood factory last night has died in Insein hospital, police have told Coconuts Yangon.   “He died earlier this morning from injuries in the fire,” said a Shwepyithar police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The fire spread quickly after sparks from ...

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Select Yangon streets closed for Hong Kong film shoot

Select Yangon streets closed for Hong Kong film shoot

Downtown Yangon traffic is about to get a whole lot worse this week thanks to planned road closures and diversions that will accommodate a Hong Kong action film shoot, police have...

Firefighters lose cool after woman calls ’30 times a day’ seeking SIM top-up

Firefighters lose cool after woman calls ’30 times a day’ seeking SIM top-up

Fire departments have many important functions. They’ll rescue you from a burning building, put out a forest fire, even rescue a cat that’s climbed a utility pole....

Myanmar’s Miss Universe entrant in 2016 has set her sights set on some serious civic engagement

Myanmar’s Miss Universe entrant in 2016 has set her sights set on some serious civic engagement

Htet Htet Htun is running for the YCDC Development Committee, the Yangon administrative body responsible for city planning, land administration, tax collection, and development,...

Early morning fire in Sanchaung township burns down entire building; 3 confirmed dead, 1 missing

Early morning fire in Sanchaung township burns down entire building; 3 confirmed dead, 1 missing

A fire burned down a wooden building in Yangon’s central Sanchaung township early this morning, which, according to reports from the Sanchaung Fire Department, resulted in three...

Sanchaung MP doubles down on comments about Yangon Mayor, compares him to ‘feces’

Sanchaung MP doubles down on comments about Yangon Mayor, compares him to ‘feces’

After his Facebook post calling Yangon’s mayor a “windbag” went viral, an NLD lawmaker has doubled down on his comments, blasting the Yangon mayor in several interviews with...

No Cash, No Problem: Yangon buses to implement card tap system

No Cash, No Problem: Yangon buses to implement card tap system

The Yangon Region Transport Authority will begin piloting a cashless payment system on select YBS buses starting this month, with plans to fully implement the system by June,...

Green Light: Vietnamese ride-hailing app latest to enter Myanmar market

Green Light: Vietnamese ride-hailing app latest to enter Myanmar market

Myanmar’s increasingly saturated ride-hailing app market has a new player, and this one’s from Vietnam. FastGo, which inked a memorandum of understanding with local...

Firefighters battle midnight blaze at Yangon Psychiatric Hospital

Firefighters battle midnight blaze at Yangon Psychiatric Hospital

A fire broke out at the Ywar Thar Gyi Yangon Psychiatric Health Hospital in East Dagon Township at midnight last night, with 50 fire trucks arriving at the scene after the danger...

30 Minutes or Less: Hlaing township shop owners had ticking clock before demolition crew moved in

30 Minutes or Less: Hlaing township shop owners had ticking clock before demolition crew moved in

A group of eight shops on a quiet street in Yangon’s Hlaing township were dismantled and cleared by 200 workers armed with axes and hammers on Sunday morning to make way for a...


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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.