Voice of America: Preserving Public Space in Myanmar’s Former Capital


Some private organizations are working with local authorities to try to open more public space in the city. These include Doh Eain, which was founded in 2017.

Founder Emilie Röell said she established the organization after she noticed many of Yangon’s unique heritage buildings and public spaces were quickly having to make way for new construction projects.

Röell said the organization hoped to deliver more and better designed public spaces in Yangon, including parks, pedestrian areas and playgrounds. She said an important component of Doh Eain’s work was working closely with local residents to ensure they have a say in their city’s future.