The future of the Secretariat

At over 100 years old, the splendid centrepiece of Yangon’s colonial heritage, the Secretariat, is a landmark beloved by locals. More than its aesthetic appeal and imposing size, the building holds a special significance for being the site of the 1947 assassination of General Bogyoke Aung San and eight other senior advisers. The Secretariat was […]

Bar owner takes on prejudices

Lured by the prospect of running her own restaurant, Ma Hnin Yee Tun Win sold all her belongings in Australia and flew back to her native homeland during Myanmar’s democratic transition in August 2015. “I returned mainly to do business. I planned to do it for two years and, if unsuccessful, go back to Australia,” […]

‘Grand Bazaar’ at Yangon’s Secretariat Postponed Following Public Outcry

YANGON — A controversial plan to host a “grand bazaar” at one of Myanmar’s most historic buildings to promote ties with the United States has been “postponed indefinitely” following public criticism that the event would disgrace the site. The two-day “NightFest at Yangon’s Secretariat,” scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, was slated to showcase Californian and […]

Myanmar’s hero was killed here. Now U.S. brands are setting up stalls.

The Secretariat, a building in Myanmar’s former capital where the independence hero Aung San was assassinated in 1947, is a powerful touchstone for the country’s history and identity. Next week, the Secretariat’s grounds are scheduled to host a night bazaar promoting ties between Myanmar and the United States, with Krispy Kreme doughnuts and other American […]