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An Introduction to Myanmar

Official Name: Republic of the Union of Myanmar Capital City: Nay PyiDaw Main Business Center: Yangon Flag: New since October 2010. Yellow signifies solidarity, green is for peace and red for courage and determination. The white star stands for the Union Currency: “Kyats” USD$ 1.00 = approx. 1,000 kyats Population: 51 million people Yangon Pop’n: 5 million people Ethnic Groups: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, Others 5% Religion: Buddhist 89%, Christian 4%, Muslim 4%, Animist 1%, Other 2% Land [...]

Renting a Property in Yangon

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The propertymarket in Yangon is still catching up with the rest of South East Asia.The supply of properties exceeds the demand from international clients, but the number of properties in the rental market that meet international standards are in limited supply. We expect this to change over time, however the poor quality construction standards and lack of knowledge of international property standards by local owners mean you can’t bring the same expectations for property to [...]

Traditional Food

Myanmar is a country populated by 135 officially recognised ethnic groups, each of which has their own distinct cuisine – of which Burmese/Bamar food is the most widely spread. This guide will introduce the reader to traditional Burmese food, which consists largely of oil-based curries, salads with fresh or boiled vegetables, various types of salted fish recipes and soups, all of which are eaten with rice. Herbs are frequently used; ginger, turmeric, garlic, chili, lemon grass, spring onions and [...]