YCDC to set up dog shelter for strays

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has begun construction on the city’s first government-owned dog shelter, which will be located in Hlaingtharyar Township “We started planning this in late 2016 We put out a call for tender bids and have started laying down the foundation with the company who won [the tender] They’ve estimated that according to the budget, it [the shelter] should be completed by...

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State Counsellor to revive unpopular Bagan climbing ban

Local and foreign visitors will be prohibited from climbing onto pagodas in the Bagan Archaeological Zone in the near future, announced State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on...

State Counsellor to revive unpopular Bagan climbing ban

Electronic toll booths might be coming to the Yangon-Mandalay Highway

Authorities are drawing up plans to implement an electronic toll collection system along the Yangon-Mandalay highway, reports Eleven The Ministry of Construction recently...

Electronic toll booths might be coming to the Yangon-Mandalay Highway

Street vendors march to protest Yangon government’s unjust treatment

With the opening of the city’s night market last year, the Yangon Region government has been cracking down on street vendors who are now operating ‘illegally’ along the...

Street vendors march to protest Yangon government’s unjust treatment

YBS announces plans to add new bus routes

To no one’s surprise, it turns out that setting up a brand new public transport system isn’t easy While Yangon’s new bus system is supposed to make everyday travel more...

YBS announces plans to add new bus routes

Citizen helps out stranded YBS commuters with makeshift ‘bus’

While yesterday was theoretically a huge day for Yangon as its public bus system underwent a major renovation, the reality didn’t exactly line up with everyone’s expectations...

Citizen helps out stranded YBS commuters with makeshift ‘bus’

Future uncertain for BM and Dyna buses within new bus program

While the rest of the city is adapting to the new bus system that affects some 3700 ‘official’ buses, the futures of the older Dyna and BM vehicles that are technically still...

Future uncertain for BM and Dyna buses within new bus program

Yangon’s new bus system officially in place

It's the start of a new week and for Yangon, the beginning of an era — as the first of several public transport reforms, today is the day the city’s bus system starts...

Yangon’s new bus system officially in place

YRTA sets up website for city’s new bus system

If you haven’t heard yet, Yangon’s public bus system will be undergoing a major overhaul over the weekend Although there are a number of planned changes, the most immediate...

YRTA sets up website for city’s new bus system

Mingalar Market protestors call for government to speed up market restorations

Yesterday, on the one-year anniversary of Yangon’s Mingalar Market fire that destroyed more than 1500 shops, shopowners held a demonstration in front of the YCDC office downtown...

Mingalar Market protestors call for government to speed up market restorations

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.