Country of the Week: Myanmar

Myanmar is an exotic country in the southeast that holds many interesting cultural practices and more. But to truly appreciate the beauty of this country, you’ll need to see it with your own eyes. In the meantime, we give you bits of info and facts to give you a peek at what you can learn and expect from this land:
Nickname: formerly known as Burma; Land of Golden Pagodas
Capital: Nay Pyi Taw
Current Political Leader: President Win Myint
Most Populous City: Yangon
Language(s): Burmese
Currency: Myanmar kyat
National symbol:: white elephant (animal), Burmese peacock (bird), two chinthe/mythical lions with floral design (coat of arms)
Major Religions: Buddhism
Famous landmarks: Shwedagon Pagoda, Inle Lake, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Ananda Temple, Bogyoke Aung San Market, Mount Popa
Movies filmed in Myanmar: Rambo, Stealth, The Lady, Beyond Rangoon, Never So Few
Famous people: Aung San Suu Kyi, Nick Drake, King Anawrahta, King Bayinnaung
Climate: Located in Asia's monsoon region, Myanmar is a tropical country blessed with three seasons: cool, dry; hot, dry; and rainy
Popular Festivals: Thingyan Festival, Kachin Manaw Festival, Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival, Kyaikhtiyo Thadingyut Festival, Taungbyone Nat Festival