Yangon

Global Scan

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Lifestyle & Belief

They were married in the morning, now this couple makes their first Buddhist offering together

My translator and I tagged along with a couple of Buddhist monks wearing maroon robes, wrapped in the formal style covering necks and arms. I thought they were headed out for their morning walk to gather offerings. But after winding through narrow alleys into another Yangon township, I learned that they were headed instead to the home of some longtime-devotees. A young couple had been married that morning, and now wanted to make their first offering as husband and wife.

Conflict & Justice

Geo Quiz + Geo Answer

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Lake Inya, a scenic lake in Yangon, Myanmar, where Burmese authorities took an American into custody after he swam across the lake. He's suspected of trying to enter the compound of the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Anchor Marco Werman gets details from Tin Htar Swe, head of the BBC's Burmese service.

Lifestyle & Belief

They were married in the morning, now this couple makes their first Buddhist offering together

My translator and I tagged along with a couple of Buddhist monks wearing maroon robes, wrapped in the formal style covering necks and arms. I thought they were headed out for their morning walk to gather offerings. But after winding through narrow alleys into another Yangon township, I learned that they were headed instead to the home of some longtime-devotees. A young couple had been married that morning, and now wanted to make their first offering as husband and wife.