Yangon residents take to streets to protest government’s electricity rate hike

Yangon residents have been protesting the first electricity rate hike in five years by the union government with protests yesterday and today.  A hundred protestors carrying green signs and loudspeakers marched in Dala township today to the local township office with a hundred more protesting in Taukkyan township, according to Myanmar Now. Their signs carried ...

Urban development

Get ready for more blackouts: YESC

Get ready for more blackouts: YESC

You know those two-hour blackouts we’ve been getting on the reg these days? We’ve got some bad news, Yangonites. The scheduled blackouts won’t only be continuing until June...

Yangon underwater by 2100? A real possibility, says climate change NGO

Yangon underwater by 2100? A real possibility, says climate change NGO

Record-breaking floods, stronger storms, unpredictable rainfall — none of it should come as a particular surprise considering Myanmar’s standing as one of the most...

‘Make Yangon Accessible,’ says disability rights NGO

‘Make Yangon Accessible,’ says disability rights NGO

What good are escalators if you have to walk up stairs to even access them? Not a whole lot as a group of disabled rights activists found out in Yangon this weekend. In a bid to...

Hidden in plain sight: Garbage mountain under Sanchaung street

Hidden in plain sight: Garbage mountain under Sanchaung street

You kind of need to see it to believe it, a pile of water bottles, plastic bags and discarded food large enough to fill a garbage truck — all found hiding just below the...

Unscheduled outages after ’emergency shutdowns’ on offshore gas field

Unscheduled outages after ’emergency shutdowns’ on offshore gas field

Carefully scheduled power outages were supposed to spread the pain and make it manageable for Yangonites, but anyone in sections of the city who suffered through most of today...

Street of Broken Dreams: Art-filled alley filling up with trash

Street of Broken Dreams: Art-filled alley filling up with trash

Remember that river we showed you last week that was cleared of — then all-but-immediately refilled — with garbage? The same phenomenon apparently works with streets...

Pure Rubbish: 1 month after clean-up, canal packed with garbage

Pure Rubbish: 1 month after clean-up, canal packed with garbage

Only a month after 11 members of Clean Yangon, a civil advocacy group, spent a Saturday diligently cleaning up a canal in the city’s Thaungnyunt neighborhood, new pics have...

Myanmar skateboarding hits milestone with Philippines SEA qualifiers (VIDEO)

Myanmar skateboarding hits milestone with Philippines SEA qualifiers (VIDEO)

It’s only taken a couple of decades, but Myanmar’s skateboarding scene took another big step toward mainstream relevance this weekend with news that three of the country’s...

Red betel nut stains cause alarm in South Korea

Red betel nut stains cause alarm in South Korea

South Koreans living in an Incheon neighborhood where a group of Burmese have recently carved out a little enclave were at first perplexed, then worried. What were the little red...


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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.