Dala bridge construction stalled as officials debate last-minute design tweaks

Construction on the bridge that will link downtown Yangon to Dala Township, on the opposite bank of the Yangon River, has stalled as government officials debate whether the design of the bridge can be altered five months after construction began. The Myanmar Port Authority (MPA) is currently in talks with the Ministry of Construction over ...

Urban development

May 22 & 25: Expect power cuts in 23 Yangon townships

May 22 & 25: Expect power cuts in 23 Yangon townships

On May 22 and 25, between the hours of 9am and 12pm, the Yangon Electrical Supply Corporation (YESC) will be carrying out repairs to the electrical grid in 23...

VIRAL: Actor teaches ‘good habits’ in post-Thingyan cleanup demonstration

VIRAL: Actor teaches ‘good habits’ in post-Thingyan cleanup demonstration

Water was not the only thing people flung with reckless abandon during Thingyan 2018. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Yangon to celebrate the Buddhist holiday, but...

After deadly bridge collapse, Myanmar state media praises the country’s bridges

After deadly bridge collapse, Myanmar state media praises the country’s bridges

In the early hours of April 1, brothers Than Zaw Htike and Aung Gyi plummeted into a river when the bridge beneath them collapsed in Myaungmya, Ayeyawady Region. Than Zaw...

Two brothers killed in collapse of expired bridge

Two brothers killed in collapse of expired bridge

Two brothers were killed in the early hours of Sunday morning after a suspension bridge in Ayeyawady Region’s Myaungmya Township collapsed. The bridge fractured after three of...

Yangon is very unsafe, but the New York Times totally fails to explain why

Yangon is very unsafe, but the New York Times totally fails to explain why

Back in October, we first summarized Yangon’s placement in the Safe Cities Index 2017 with an article titled “Yangon ranked second most unsafe city in the world.” We...

Yangon hit by at least 7 fires in one day

Yangon hit by at least 7 fires in one day

At least seven separate fires wrought destruction on Yangon on Friday, Feb. 23, according to the Myanmar Fire Services Department. The fires destroyed dozens of homes and other...

Singaporean consortium chosen to turn Yangon Central Station into futuristic transport hub

Singaporean consortium chosen to turn Yangon Central Station into futuristic transport hub

Myanma Railways has selected a consortium led by Singapore-based Oxley Holdings to carry out a US$2.5 billion redevelopment of the Yangon Central Railway Station. The project is...

Authorities take notice of Shwedagon-Botataung walkway plan

Authorities take notice of Shwedagon-Botataung walkway plan

Myanmar authorities appear to be interested in a plan proposed by the Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT) to build a path for walkers and cyclists from Shwedagon Pagoda to Botataung...

Death toll from Kandawgyi Palace Hotel fire rises to 3 as firefighter succumbs to injuries

Death toll from Kandawgyi Palace Hotel fire rises to 3 as firefighter succumbs to injuries

A firefighter who was injured while trying to extinguish the fire that gutted Yangon’s Kandawgyi Palace Hotel last year died from his wounds earlier this week, the Fire Services...


By signing up for our newsletters you agree with our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

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.