(Source: Google Earth - Pyinmana)
Above: New government buildings in the hills outside of Pyinmana
Hi-res images of the new Myanmar
capital construction - July 4, 2006
Don't miss the incredible images of the bunker-building Myanmar military's new capital in Pyinmana. (Google Earth placemark - Install Google Earth)
Google Earth Imagery May Have Rattled Burmese Regime - The Irrawaddy, July 3, 2006
Another reason for the [Burmese] junta's efforts to block Google ("Junta Blocks Google and Gmail," The Irrawaddy Online, June 30, 2006) may well stem for that company's decision to highlight Pyinmana on its Google Earth product. The addition of Pyinmana is recent and the high resolution imagery is excellent, allowing anyone to examine closely the scale of the project and the mindset of its builders.
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