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Police arrest at least eight protesters as students and activists hit the streets across Burma demanding the release of those detained following the Letpadan crackdown.


Built by hundreds of local artisans for the anniversary of Shwe Taung Sar Pagoda in Dawei, the gigantic bell’s donors include Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.


During Burma’s annual Armed Forces Day celebrations, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing warns that threats to influence voters will not be tolerated ahead of national elections.


A series of paintings reflecting the everyday life of the cultural capital’s residents are showing at the River Ayeyarwaddy Gallery until the end of March.


A selection of paintings by artist Win Pe Myint, often known simply as WPM, are on display at Rangoon’s Lokanat Gallery through March 26.

A Walk of Faith for Hindus in Rangoon By

A 10-day Hindu temple festival wraps up with charity, entertainment and fire-walking in Rangoon’s Dala Township.

Exile Dreaming By

A compilation of artworks from Burmese refugee children shows the history, the trauma and the dreams that accompany life as a young exile.

Readers Rejoice: Burma Studies Centre Opens in Rangoon By

The Burma Studies Centre, a homegrown research institution, features an extensive book collection and a space reserved for reading, research and writing.

The Gloves Are Off: Karen Boys Fight to Win By

Young fighters take to the ring for a major traditional boxing championship once a year near Karen State capital Hpa-an.

U Thant Revisited With Intimate Exhibit in His Former Home By

Intimate minutiae from the life and legacy of U Thant, one of Burma’s diplomatic treasures, are now on display in his renovated Rangoon home.

Faded Glory and Pathos in Rangoon’s Former Railway Headquarters By

British artist Kate Bowen’s work reflects a love of Rangoon’s skyline, and the contrast between decaying colonial architecture and the emergence of new buildings.

Dozens Rally Against Police Brutality in Rangoon By

Donning white armbands reading, “We are students, Respect our rights,” a crowd gathers in Maha Bandoola Park to condemn a recent crackdown on student protesters.

Kicking It in The Lord’s Backyard By

Professional and amateur chinlone players gather at Rangoon’s Armenian Church to play the traditional Burmese sport as part of the Yangon Art and Heritage Festival.

Maymyo Life Around the Mulberry Bush By

Artist Muu Muu’s latest exhibition, set to open in Pyin Oo Lwin this weekend, captures vignettes of daily life in the hill resort town.

Protest Singer Mun Awng Celebrates Burma Homecoming By

Exiled Kachin singer and democracy activist Mun Awng has played in Rangoon for the first time in more than 25 years.

Rangoon Homes Open Doors to Art, Public for Heritage Festival By

The public gets to see works of art on display at private residences and galleries in downtown Rangoon as part of a citywide heritage festival.

Famed Artist Lun Gywe, Wife Bring ‘Brush Strokes’ to Rangoon By

An exhibition by the celebrated Burmese artist Lun Gywe and his wife Lun Mya Mya opens to the public, featuring 75 impressionist-style paintings.

Under Police Watch, Burmese Bands Serenade Students By

With nearby security forces nearby, members of Burma’s music community have performed for student protesters barricaded in Letpadan.

In Shan Hills, an Old British War Cemetery Fallen Victim to Neglect By

Overgrown and located on a beautiful Shan hillside, a late 19th century British war cemetery is a place of serenity but also of sad neglect.

Rallies in Rangoon, Mandalay to Condemn Police Crackdown By

Students gather in Rangoon and Mandalay to protest a violent police crackdown on activists who were supporting students in the commercial capital’s downtown heart.

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