The kyat (, US: or ; Burmese: ကျပ် [tɕaʔ]; ISO 4217 code MMK) is the currency of Myanmar (Burma). It is often abbreviated as "K" (singular or plural) or "Ks" (plural), which is placed before or after the numerical value, depending on author preference. The term kyat derives from the ancient Burmese unit kyattha, equal to 16.3 grams of silver.
Humbling experience getting a haircut this morning at a local barbershop in Yangon. The price for a haircut was 2,000 Burmese Kyats, which is about 1.50 USD. I gave the barber 4,000 and he kept saying “it’s too more”. He accepted and had a huge smile on his face! In a country where the average salary is less than 3 USD / day, that’s when you realize we live in excess...and the more I think about it, I just don’t know how I will be able to go back to this life of excess after everything I’ve witnessed, seen and experienced! #yangon #burma #myanmar #southeastasia #asia #indochinapeninsula #burmesekyat #barbershop #simplelife #worldofexcess #flashpacker #worldtraveler #backpacker
The United Nations' top human rights official on Monday slammed Myanmar for conducting a "cruel military operation" against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, branding it "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".
Yangon military region commander donated thousands of dollars to a foundation banned by religious authorities. The Buddha Dhamma Prahita Foundation supports Wirathu, a monk known as the Buddhist bin Laden. The Myanmar military and Buddhist ultra-nationalists are united against the democratic process.