The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 30 October 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Hit by the scent of history

A visit to the presidential bunker in the former Saigon inspires involuntary memories and leads our correspondent to bury ghosts of the Vietnam War.

 

 

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Escape plan

Ar Lee was born and raised in Myitkyina in Kachin State, but at the tender age of 12 his parents sent him away to live in Yangon.

 

 

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German prince will attend Oktoberfest in Yangon

Raise your glasses to welcome the arrival this week of Oktoberfest, the German beer festival that is returning to Myanmar. Among other celebrations, a party will be held at Yangon’s Inya Lake hotel on October 10-11 and attended by Prince Luitpold von Bayern.

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New gallery hopes visitors will ‘Think’ about art

Art galleries attracts few visitors in Myanmar, and art dealing often isn’t a financially lucrative venture unless you’re selling work by international art stars. Yet photographer Ko Aye Saung has taken that risk, setting up a gallery that will feature lesser-known artists.

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Sporting a vanishing coiffure

A remote village near Bagan is a last bastion of yaung pay soo

 

 

 

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Who cares? Elderly struggle with support gap

Aging parents in Myanmar often rely on their adult children for support – but they can't always provide.

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Beauty pageant with a difference

Openly gay 20-year-old Myo Ko Ko San is a pageant contestant with a point to prove.

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Mission impossible in Pathein

Our intrepid editor-at-large Douglas Long travels to Pathein and finds the best guidebooks, it seems, are still the people themselves.

 

 

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The big sleep: the dangers of sedatives

Benzodiazepines are a class of medications used to treat seizures, anxiety disorders, and alcohol withdrawal – they're remarkably easy to get hold of in Myanmar without a prescription, writes Dr Christoph Gelsdorf.

 

 

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Hole story

Fallen woman Fiona MacGregor hits an all-time low, taking the next natural step in her downward spiral: into the sewer.

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