Myanmar

Myanmar

Myanmar’s story is of a struggle for independence.

Political groups have fought an ongoing war in this country for over 60 years.

Commonly called Burma but officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, political unrest and human right violations have led to nearly 200,000 refugees residing within Myanmar and neighboring countries like Thailand.

Natural disasters, a sinking economy, and corrupt government have led to despair and poverty for many Burmese.

Will you share hope and freedom with refugees, the lost, and the broken, in a country hungry for peace?

Myanmar

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Culture

Due to the religious beliefs of the country, it is considered highly inappropriate and offensive to touch children on the top of their heads.

It is considered improper to lose one’s temper or show too much attention when in public. As a whole, the Burmese are very friendly and outgoing people.

When meeting a person for the first time, shaking hands and a nod of the head is an appropriate way to greet someone.

Basics

Currency:
Burmese Kyat


Language:
Burmese


Religion:
Buddhism 88%
Protestant Christianity 6%
Islam 4%
Other 2%

Explore

If you are near Amarapura, go to the U Bein Bridge. It is famous for its sunsets. There is a beautiful monastery right next to the bridge to explore.

Go hot air ballooning in Bagan!

Near Pyin Oo Lwin there is an incredibly beautiful waterfall to visit. Take the hike to Pwe Gauk Waterfall.

If you are in Yangon the Shwedagon Pagoda is well worth the $8 it costs to get in. Visit in the evening so you can see it at sunset.

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