Two Myanmar workers killed in Malaysia worksite landslide

At least two Myanmar workers were among the 11 people killed by a landslide at a construction site on Malaysia’s Penang Island, officials said Sunday, as anger mounted among residents over the accident. Huge mounds of earth slipped off a hillside Saturday morning and buried the men as they worked on two apartment blocks of affordable housing on ...

Urban development

Massive fire leaves iconic Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in ashes [VIDEO]

Massive fire leaves iconic Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in ashes [VIDEO]

Guests at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel were evacuated at around 3am last night when a massive fire engulfed the building, much of which is made of teak. Two people have been...

Yangon ranked second most unsafe city in the world

Yangon ranked second most unsafe city in the world

Yangon was ranked second to last in the Safe Cities Index 2017, released this week by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Myanmar’s biggest city suffers from low investment in...

Shwedagon security snatch filmmaker’s $1400 drone out of the air, keep it forever

Shwedagon security snatch filmmaker’s $1400 drone out of the air, keep it forever

A filmmaker’s reverie in the spectacle of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda was abruptly cut short on Sunday when his drone began disobeying his orders and fluttered into the hands...

Start taking the Yangon Water Bus this Friday

Start taking the Yangon Water Bus this Friday

After several delays, Yangon’s newest public transportation option will begin shuttling passengers along the city’s surrounding waterways this Friday. The initial fleet will...

Collapsed Botataung building was declared ‘unsafe’ in 2012

Collapsed Botataung building was declared ‘unsafe’ in 2012

The back wall of a two-story brick building in Yangon’s Botataung Township collapsed on Sunday, forcing several residents to evacuate and find temporary housing elsewhere. The...

South Dagon fuel tanker fire destroys 9 buildings

South Dagon fuel tanker fire destroys 9 buildings

A fuel tanker exploded in Yangon’s South Dagon Township last night after it collided with another cargo vehicle, injuring both drivers. The resulting fire destroyed nine...

Yangon Water Bus boats arrive in Yangon from Australia

Yangon Water Bus boats arrive in Yangon from Australia

The first two vessels in the Yangon Water Bus fleet arrived from Australia yesterday at Yangon’s Nanthida Jetty, where they will undergo government inspections. “We’ve had...

YCDC begins gathering stray dogs for first government-owned dog shelter

YCDC begins gathering stray dogs for first government-owned dog shelter

Developments are well underway for the country’s first government-sponsored dog shelter, which is slated to open in October. As part of the preparations, YCDC officials have...

Facebook post shows 5-kyat note in YBS cash box, calls out passengers who don’t pay full bus fares

Facebook post shows 5-kyat note in YBS cash box, calls out passengers who don’t pay full bus fares

Ever seen a five-kyat note? Did you even know that five-kyat notes still exist? Well, not only do they exist, but believe it or not, people are still using them to pay for actual...


 

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.