Many monasteries in Myanmar were shuttered or suppressed over the years by the ruling military government. New Democratic reforms, though, are allowing many to reopen, which may be leading to a new dynamic in the relationship between the religious and the government.
Whatever else you do while you're in Myanmar, be sure to save time for wandering around downtown Yangon. You might see a nat house, a shrine that's home to diverse universe of spirits worshiped in Myanmar.
There is deep concern over a sharp spike in communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma. It started a few months ago in western Myanmar, also known as Burma, but has spread to the central part of the country.
Myanmar (Burma) is changing fast and that includes new opportunities for entrepreneurs. The World's Mary Kay Magistad met up with a Burmese-American and his Burmese partner who are trying to get an import business off the ground there.
Burma, officially known as Myanmar, is in the throes of political reforms. Protesters have been released from prison and notions once unbelievable are now common. And that's meant a growing movement to teach citizens English.
In Myanmar, there are hard truths that keep people here poor. It's difficult to reach schools and hospitals. And even with micro-finance programs, it's hard to build up farms. So is Myanmar's drastic political changes having any effect?