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Asia Briefing— Asia

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Protecting Yangon's architecture, tackling illegal mining in Goa, and understanding seismic activity in Taiwan.

Burma, Goa, India, Rupert Hoogewerf, Taiwan

The land that time forgot

Burma [ARCHITECTURE]

As investment starts to flow into newly democratising Burma, one casualty of the country’s dawning prosperity is the unique architectural heritage of its biggest city, Yangon. Compared to the haphazardly developed cities of its richer south-east Asian neighbours, Yangon still has one of the best-preserved colonial cityscapes in the world. “There is nothing like it left in Asia,” explains Thant Myint-U, historian and founder of the Yangon Heritage Trust. “It’s an incredible asset and we need to have a…

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