Forgotten, but Not Gone By

Half a millennium after the Portuguese first set foot in Myanmar, their legacy lives on in a remote corner of the country’s north.

Making Opium (and the Past) Go Away By

A peculiar little museum in a remote corner of eastern Myanmar’s Shan State shows how to eradicate drugs—and erase history.


As Burma’s reform-minded leadership opens the economy, automakers are seeking pole positions in what might become one of the world’s fastest growing markets.


The beautiful centuries-old trees at a cave complex in Shan State create the perfect atmosphere for a famous mile-long pagoda festival.


Pressure on Rangoon’s water supply is growing as the urban population increases and development projects put greater demand on the main pipe feeding the city.

Burma Opium Fight Failing; Soldiers Shooting Up By

A village in Burma’s remote northeast lays bare the country’s struggle to rein in its narcotics problems, from rising poppy production to rampant drug addiction.

In Canada, an Ambassador for Burma’s Chinlone By

A 60-year-old in Toronto has practiced the Burmese sport almost every day for three decades and is encouraging other foreigners to give it a try.

The ‘Broom’ That Saved Yangon By

A key player in a decisive battle that changed the course of Myanmar’s history recalls his role and reflects on what might have happened.

A Boat Trip to Maungdaw By

A reporter travels to northern Arakan State, visits the Bangladesh border and makes his way to the village where dozens of people were allegedly killed.

A Tribute to Maung Thaw Ka By

A veteran journalist remembers one of the heroes of Myanmar’s democracy movement, who died a political prisoner—and a true patriot.

In Burma, Some Ex-Political Prisoners Heed Capitalism’s Calling By

Sensing business opportunities but facing no shortage of hurdles, former political prisoners make a go of it in Burma’s reforming economy.

In Tenasserim Hills, Rise in Mining Threatens Communities By

Mining operations are seriously harming communities and the environment in southern Burma’s Tenasserim Hills, while many more mining firms wait to explore the once-isolated range.

Burma’s Lonely ‘Dictator Pagoda’ By

A Buddhist monument that was built by Gen. Ne Win near the landmark Shwedagon Pagoda sees few visitors in Rangoon.

100-Year-Old Pilot Returns to Burma With War Stories and Sense of Humor By

A Chinese American centenarian known for flying a famous US general to Myitkyina as part of an evacuation during World War II comes back to the Golden Land.

School Hits the Road for Burmese Teashop Boys By

Burmese child laborers in urban teashops are getting a chance to renew their education on buses that have been transformed into mobile classrooms.

Photos Look Back at 19th Century Burma By

A new exhibit in Rangoon offers a glimpse of the architecture, fashion, culture and daily life of local people over a century ago.

‘A Show of Hands’ for Burma’s Former Political Prisoners By

An artist will take plastic molds of 1,000 former political prisoners’ hands and display them with videos about the individuals’ experiences in prison.

The Safe Sex Talk, Burmese Style By

In a Buddhist-majority country where talking about intimacy is taboo, efforts are under way to develop a better system for educating youths about safe sex.

One Week, 30 People, 300 Images of Burma By

The latest photography book about the Southeast Asian nation offers something different, as its foreign and local contributors traveled much farther than typical tourist hotspots.

In Kachin State, an Act of Kindness on Christmas By

A Rangoon-based fashion designer brings $25,000 worth of gifts for children at camps for internally displaced persons in north Burma.

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