Although typically cool, Shan State’s upland areas, much like the rest of Burma, have been suffering from an unusually powerful El Niño weather pattern.
In this story, published less than a week after his death in 2014, our photographer Hein Htet describes a post-mortem visit to Win Tin’s home.
Thanakha, a fragrant paste, is traditionally used in Burma for cosmetic and medicinal purposes and is made using a flat, circular stone known as kyauk pyin.
While computers remain luxuries and electricity is still unreliable, Rangoon’s typists continue earning their living using restored Cold War-era machines.
Bus passengers describe being ‘freed’ from harassment on Rangoon’s new BRT routes, which boast air conditioning and quicker arrival times.
After several months of delays, restoration of Mandalay’s Golden Palace Monastery, one of the city’s ancient sites, resumes.
The Irrawaddy remembers the late Win Tin, a cofounder of the National League for Democracy (NLD) who would have turned 86 on Saturday.
An ancient city of two names, Inwa—previously Ava—sits in the center of Burma, a half hour’s drive from Mandalay city.
Pansodan Street in Rangoon is not only famous for its historic colonial architecture but also its sidewalks that are lined with secondhand booksellers.
Every day, parliamentarians use Naypyidaw’s on-site library to access books, keep up on current events and get online.
The Irrawaddy’s photographer JPaing recently spent time with SSA-S troops in villages of Kyaukme Township that have been affected by recent fighting.
Costly conservation gives way to unwanted modernization in the ancient Arakanese capital, raising questions about government and contractor transparency.
As El Niño hits the most extreme of its 12- to 18-month cycle, large swaths of Burma have been beleaguered by high temperatures and drought.
Scholars call for the systematic excavation of an ancient city in Irrawaddy Division believed to have been a major center of the ancient Pyu civilization.
The tea shops of the former royal city now boast full menus, TV entertainment and free Internet access, marking a shift from more simple times.
A relief group from Burma is assisting ethnic Kurdish troops in Iraq currently fighting against the jihadist group known as ISIS.
An air force plane crashes near Naypyidaw, with one reported survivor.
Just a few miles from Burma’s national Parliament, farmers plow their fields with water buffalo and prepare the ground for another round of rice.
Rangoon Public Bus Company launched on Monday, with 18 vehicles in service plying a route from Htauk Kyant Junction down Pyay Road.
Despite completion of several overpasses already, it is unclear whether Rangoon’s ambitious construction projects will solve the city’s traffic problems.