This is the day before the long awaited election. Everybody is anxious and a bit nervous with new experiences ahead. The election campaign was less enthusiastic than it was in 2012 for the by-elections. Nevertheless, stickers and posters adorned the favourite means of transportation…..
The former “State Museum of Ethnology”, Munich, Germany, now carries a new name: “Five Continents Museum”, more suitable for a modern day museum that focuses not only on ancient cultures but also showcases current trends and developments around the world. Do not miss the ongoing exhibition “Myanmar. Von Pagoden, Longyis und Nat-Geistern”. The catalogue with the same title by Dorothée Schäfer (ISBN 978-3422072671) is well worth a read, although unfortunatley, it has not been translated into English.
The beginning of the new year hosts the Manau Festival in Myitkyina among others. For Kachin State Day on Jan 10, H.E. President U Thein Sein joins the dancers.
May 2014: NLD ralley in Mandalay with leaders Aung San Suu Kyi, Min Ko Naing and others in favour of gaining signatures to change the constitution before the national elections, due late 2015.
2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Germany and Myanmar. To celebrate, the German Foreign Office hosted an exhibition in Berlin, showcasing the impressive achievements in the fields of culture and science. Please visit http://www.mofa.gov.mm/?p=3783 for more details. The opening addresses were given by Republic of the Union of Myanmar Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. U Wunna Maung Lwin and Staatssekretär Stephan Steinlein from the Office of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany.
After the Yangon National Museum, the exhibition “Golden Land” then travelled to the Bagan Archeological Museum, a much underrated museum in most guidebooks. Here you can find the most beautiful and rare artefacts. Only because there is so much to see in the open air, many visitors don´t bother to go inside the Archeological Museum. Put it on the to-do list for your next visit!
To get a glimpse of the opening ceremony of the Exhibition on November 22, 2013, please visit https://vimeo.com/82435544