The Yangon Region government marked Myanmar's 69th Independence Day anniversary yesterday with a ceremony in Mahabandoola Park that included, for the first time since 1988, veterans of the Burma Independence Army (BIA) and Burma Defence Army (BDA) and their families. Elsewhere across the city, Yangon residents marked the national holiday in more typical form – with an array of street games, sports and competitions.
It's been a long wait, but for some it's finally over. Over 70 refugees returned to Myanmar over the past two days, in the first official repatriation of Kayin State refugees from camps on the Thai side in the history of the long-running conflict.
On July 19, 1947, nine national heroes – including Bogyoke Aung San, the father of Burmese independence – were assassinated by political rivals in the Secretariat building in Yangon. Yesterday, people across city – and the country – commemorated their loss. A selection of our favourites photos by The Myanmar Times photographers:
Every year, nearly 2 million pilgrims visit Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Mon State to pay respects - and take selfies - with a remarkable shrine known colloquially as the "Golden Rock". But with more traffic comes trash, and pagoda authorities are struggling to keep up with the mounting flow of garbage the pagoda's visitors are leaving.