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Sacred Buddha Images Tour Inle Lake at Famed Festival By

The Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival is renowned for its honoring of five sacred Buddha images and boat races by Inle Lake’s iconic leg-rowing mariners.

7 Years on, Saffron Revolution Impact Still Lingers at Monastery By

Seven years after the junta raided a Rangoon monastery and detained its monks for involvement in the Saffron Revolution, fear still lingers among the clergymen.


At several sites in Rangoon on Sunday, hundreds of activists gathered to mark the International Day of Peace and call for an end to conflict in Burma.


An exhibition in Rangoon showcases portraits of popular lords and ladies of a Burmese folk religion that centers around spirits known as nats.


At Myaing Hay Wun logging camp, elephants and their handlers have become jobless recently, and the camp now hopes to become a tourist attraction.

A Bid for Better Health Care By

A silent auction for traditional Burmese parasols is offering Rangoon’s philanthropically inclined the chance to help build a sustainable health care system for local communities.

Chinese Tourists Flock to a ‘Pleasant Village’ of Gambling Dens in Burma By

In far eastern Shan State, the rebel group controlling the enclave around Mong La has set up a booming gaming hub in a once-small village.

Veterans of the Karen Insurgency Face a New Struggle By

Former soldiers of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army are left destitute after losing their limbs to landmines in eastern Burma’s jungles.

Mong La’s Moveable Feast of Endangered Beasts By

In the unruly enclave on the Burmese-Chinese border, tiger paws, leopard skins, pangolins and monkey penises are openly sold, mostly to Chinese visitors.

Burmese Students Demonstrate Against National Education Bill By

Students’ unions say that a new piece of legislation covering Burma’s education system does not free universities from government control.

Clay as a Weapon By

In political satire, art becomes a powerful form of protest, especially in countries and under regimes where dissent and freedom of speech are forbidden.

‘Made in Myanmar’—and With Vivid Colors By

Artists select bright hues to depict life in their native Burma in a collection of paintings on display at a gallery in downtown Rangoon.

Well-Known Burmese Painter Aung Myint Puts on Show in Rangoon By

In his 14th solo show in Rangoon, titled “14 A.M,” Aung Myint brings a new series of paintings called “Faces.”

Laiza Under the Gun By

In Laiza, the headquarters of the rebel Kachin Independence Army, a war-weary town and its residents have seen better days.

Watercolors Bring Clarity to Burma’s Everyday Struggles By

The work of 13 Burmese artists who specialize in watercolor painting is currently on display at Lokanat Gallery in downtown Rangoon.

Blue Plaques to Bring Attention to Rangoon’s Colonial Buildings By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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 By

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.

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