MULTIMEDIA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Blue Plaques to Bring Attention to Rangoon’s Colonial Buildings

The Yangon Heritage Trust launches an initiative to provide descriptions of historical sites throughout Burma’s biggest city for interested passerby.

Recent Unrest Fails to Dampen Spirit of Mandalay Nat Festival

Communal violence in Mandalay last month hasn’t deterred revelers from converging on a shrine outside the city to celebrate Burma’s most beloved nats.

Hundreds of Pegu Residents Affected by Floods

Pegu town has been affected by severe flooding after heavy downpours hit lower Burma in recent days and caused the Pegu River to burst its banks.

For a Photographer, Looking Beyond the News Cycle

The Irrawaddy’s snapper Sai Zaw travels as he captures the news of the day, but he also takes time to capture more lasting images.

A Sculpted Homage to Burmese Hero Win Tin

US-based artist Jim McNalis has in the past tackled Aung San Suu Kyi, former student leader Min Ko Naing and Snr-Gen Than Shwe.

Enlightenment on Canvas

A Rangoon exhibition offers depictions of the Buddha’s life, with an emphasis on scenes in which he is tempted by the archangel of evil.

Risky Business for Rangoon’s Labor Class

At workshop after workshop, extremely dangerous labor conditions are the norm in Rangoon’s industrial zones.

K-Pop Girl Band ‘2NE1’ to Play Rangoon

Tickets to see the South Korean all-girl group in Burma’s former capital on Saturday are on sale for up to $900.

Seeking Independence, Opium Eradication in Palaung Territory

The Palaung, or Ta’ang, live in northern Shan State and are fighting wars against both the Burmese government and the scourge of opium.

Slow Connectivity at the India-Burma Border

Linkages between Burma and India’s remote northeast have been in the works for more than 20 years, but progress remains underwhelming.

A Sanctuary for Burmese Elephants in Green Hill Valley

A group of elephants, mostly retired work animals from Burma’s logging industry, is now being cared for at a camp in Southern Shan State.

At the Start of the Death Railway

The railway’s start point in Mon State is a reminder of the thousands of war prisoners who lost their lives constructing the line to Thailand.

A Buddhist Tradition: Boating Through Bago Paddy Fields

On the Full Moon Day of Waso, Buddhists ride wooden boats through flooded fields toward the shrine of a guardian spirit.

Time Out With Ta’ang Rebels

An Irrawaddy photographer gets an inside look at life as a soldier in the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in northern Shan State.

Ethnic Kayaw Traditions On the Wane as Youth Shun Traditional Dress

The Kayaw, an ethnic group living in Karenni State, are known for their ornate ear rings, silver pendants and brass rings worn around women’s legs.

Funeral Sparks Further Unrest in Mandalay

A Buddhist mob sets fire to a Muslim section of a cemetery during the funeral of a Buddhist man who was killed in rioting.

Security Tight in Mandalay after Outbreak of Communal Violence

More than a thousand police are deployed in central Mandalay after clashes between Buddhists and Muslims late Tuesday night.

In Karenni State, a Monastery Fit for a Prince

The palatial Kantarawadi Haw in downtown Loikaw is perhaps the last surviving reminder of a bygone era in Karenni State.

As Drugs Blaze, Eradication Efforts Fail to Stem Trade: UN

UN officials warn illicit drug production in Burma continues to rise, while noting there had been “relatively little” drug seizures.

‘Burma is Like a Cancer Victim’

The exhibition of Burmese painter Yei Myint depicts a country afflicted, despite its widely lauded reforms of recent years.