Munni Aein Da was resettled to Australia as a refugee in 2007. He has spent the last 15 years focusing on his religious duties as a Buddhist monk, and now…
Burma’s most iconic Buddhist monument, Shwedagon Pagoda, has a fund of nearly 70 billion kyat (US$52 million) sitting in a bank account, earning yearly interest of up to 4bn kyat.
The move marks the first time since the National League for Democracy took power in 2016 that commercial venues are to be allowed.
As part of the traditional Buddhist festival of Thadingyut, devotees flock to cemeteries at this time every year to offer food to the spirits of their ancestors.
Netizen allegedly referred to Ko Aung’s ban of a Buddhist mantra as “An evil act by the religious affairs minister”.
The data covered the four days of public holiday from 13–16 April, a period renowned for drunken revelry.