Burmese proverb – Destroy the Rafts

The king ordered his general to take a part of the army and pursue the opposing forces. The king said, “When you find them, do not attack but wait until I arrived with the main army”.

After following for several days scouts reported that they had found their prey. The general and his troops make haste and by night fall arrived quietly at the bank of a river.

On the other side of the river they saw the camps of the opposing forces unaware of the arrival of the general and his troops.

The opposing read more

19 July, Martyr’s Day

Arzarni Day

Today is the 62nd years after General Aung San and the cabinet ministers were assassinated. On the morning of 19 July 1947, a group of gun men stormed into the cabinet meeting room at the Secretariat Office in Rangoon. Together with General Aung San, six other cabinet members were assassinated. Killed together with them were the secretary of the cabinet and his body guard.

In honour of the Burma’s martyrs, Myanmar Today has presented a video from youtube with the famous song about General read more

Mandalay Travel Guide – History

“Two thousand and five hundred years after I passed into nirvana, a great city will sprung up on the plain below this mountain. And the ogress will become the king who brings this great city to glory. The great city will be the center of the religion I established.”

Mandalay was built by King Mindon of Konbaung Dynasty. The establishment of Mandalay was a strange one. According to the official history, King Mindon was a devoted Buddhist, and a strong believer of Buddhist prophesies. read more

Shwedagon Pagoda Guide – History

This article is history of Shwedagon Pagoda. For a complete guide, see the article Complete Shwedagon Pagoda Guide.

Shwedagon-eveningAccording to legend, Shwedagon Pagoda was built more than 2,500 years ago during the time of Lord Buddha. The two merchant brothers from then Okkalapa (now Yangon) met with Gautama Buddha shortly after he attained enlightenment, and became the first disciples of Lord Buddha. Gautama Buddha gave them eight hair relics which they brought back to their country. In Okkalapa, they read more

Myanmar Thrones

An account of various thrones used by Myanmar kings

King Badon (Bodawphaya, 1782-1819) moved to the new palace on 17 May 1783 and Amarapura (the City of No Death) on 1 June 1783. One of his ministers called Jeyasankhaya (Zayyathinkhaya) compiled An Account on Golden Palace (Shwebon Nidan) and he completed the work on 21 February 1784. This work was used a handbook on the paraphernalia of almost everything read more

Stilwell Road: Burma’s Stilwell Road Revive

Ledo Road (Stilwell Road)

“It was a road some said couldn’t be built. Most of the men ordered to make it happen were African American soldiers sorted into Army units by the color of their skin.

As World War II raged, they labored day and night in the jungles of Burma, sometimes halfway up 10,000-foot mountains, drenched by 140 inches of rain in the five-month monsoon season. They spanned raging rivers and pushed through swamps thick with bloodsucking leeches and swarms of biting read more

Trishaw – Myanmar way of travel

Trishaws (or Side-car as it is known in Myanmar) are the easiest and most convenient mode of transportation in Myanmar, especially outside of Yangon. Although buses are the major mode of travel in Yangon, very few buses run the streets of other major cities and towns in Burma. In smaller towns in Myanmar, there is no public bus service. People in these smaller cities and towns have to rely on trishaws as the major mode of public transport.

Yay-Khin-Taw – Myanmar Royal Tune

The above video is from Youtube of a Burmese (Myanmar) traditional orchestra play ing Yay-Khin-Taw tune. Yay Khin is a special tune, usually reserved for the royal ceremonies. Traditionally, it is a tune used in the Royal court of Burma to wake the King, queens, princes and princess in the morning. A full Burmese orchestra would play this song in the morning in a room close to the King’s read more

Yangon Travel Guide – Colonial Buildings

High Court - Rangoon - 1911
High Court of Rangoon

Under British rule, Rangoon (Yangon) was a major port city as well as a major financial, political and administrative center. As Burma at that time was a major exporter of oil, cotton, rice and timber, many foreign businesses open their offices in Yangon. Most of them are British owned with some Indian businesses. These businesses built grand and elaborate offices in the center of Rangoon. British government also built quite read more