From all over Thailand they come, with hope in their heart and money in their hand. The pilgrims murmur among themselves in Thai as they queue up, over the bridge near the jetty, waiting their turn to enter the little shrine, and win their heart’s desire.
"A chip off the old block” is the phrase that inevitably springs to mind. Like his father, the sculptor U Lwin Maung, Kyaw Kyaw Min now makes his living by carving, shaping and sculpting busts, transforming base clay into a simulacrum of the living.
We all need a little pampering from time to time, but with a so-called "spa" on almost every street, how can you tell the great places from the ones that will leave you feeling more stressed than before you went in? Well, Weekend has done the hard work for you - and hard work it was, getting rubbed, scrubbed and beautified all over the city to bring you our pick of the best spas Yangon has to offer.
To a non-artist, it looks like a bit of a mess. But for Aung Naing Maung, his studio apartment – littered with hundreds of canvasses, paintings, frames, paint bottles and tubes, brushes and frames – is heaven.