July 04, 2017

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Yangon Book Plaza hopes to inspire Myanmar literature

Union Minister Dr Pe Myint of the Ministry of Information, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe and Chairman of Yangon Book Plaza and Daw Thet Thet Naing cut the ribbon yesterday that officially opened the Yangon Book Plaza yesterday. The ceremony was held on the fifth floor of Than Zay Market in Lamadaw Township, Yangon.
Author Maung Thway Thit read a poem during the opening ceremony.
Union Minister Dr Pe Myint said book lovers enjoy the environment of bookshops, and that the Yangon Book Plaza has a similar feel reminiscent of international bookstores. The minister’s wish is for the Yangon Book Plaza to inspire Myanmar Literature and lift Myanmar’s book world to the next level. Yangon City’s Mayor U Maung Maung Soe also spoke at the gathering before he, the Union Minister and others posed for photos and visited the displays in the Yangon Book Plaza.
Yangon Book Plaza is the first and biggest book shop in Myanmar and is open from 10 am to 9 pm daily. It has a playground for children, a coffee shop, a souvenir shop, a restaurant, two big book shops, book stalls from 30 publishers, an entertainment platform, old book stalls, an English-language bookshop and public spaces. In celebration of its opening, those who buy books from 26 February to 7 March receive a discount of between 10 and 50 per cent.
The committee of Yangon Book Plaza will select the best 12 books of the year and offer an honourable prize to the authors.—Myanmar News Agency

Union Minister Dr Pe Myint and officials visit the book shops following at the opening ceremony of Yangon Book Plaza. Photo: MNA

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