Many realists evolve their style of painting into modern, contemporary or abstract. There is one artist who has remained entirely faithful to realism. He is U San Hlaing, at 93 one of Myanmar’s oldest living artists.
After receiving accolades for the renovations of Union Bar and Grill at the Myanmar Red Cross building (1959), Gekko Bar and Grill at the Sofaer Building (1906), and the World Bank Offices at an early 20th century building on Pyay Road, Spine Architects is on track to reviving more of Myanmar’s heritage buildings.
Taungoo region in north-east Bago Region is an area brimming with experiences. Elephant baths, the misty mountains and hot springs of northern Kayin State and the moated historic town of Taungoo are all encapsulated in a region that is one of Myanmar’s best-kept tourist secrets.
A group of Myanmar youth may very well represent the future of the music industry. Seven groups and four solo singers have come together to release an album on November 6 titled Voice of the youths (Lu Nge Myar Yae A Tan). It was created with the intention of uniting Myanmar’s youth during the country’s transition to democratic rights and freedoms.
The lights are going out all over Myanmar, traditionalists fear. On Tazaungdaing, the Festival of Lights that falls on November 25, professional lantern makers from all over the country will gather in Yangon to try to revive the disappearing art of lantern making.
As shops and restaurants closed for the election on November 8, Myanmar’s towns and cities fell eerily silent, leaving many visitors to the country – some of whom knew nothing of the election – confused as they wandered the streets in search of places to eat.