Myanmar

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Official Name: 
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Area: 
676,577 km2

Population: 
Over 60 millions

Capital: 
Nay Pyi Taw (Administrative City)

Language(s): 
Burmese, however English is widely spoken and understood

Religion(s): 
Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and some Animism

Currency: 
Kyat (MMK)

Anthem: 
Kaba Ma Kyei

Economy: 
INDUSTRY: Agro-Based, Wood-Based, Textiles, Heavy Industries, Steel Mill

AGRICULTURE: Rice, Beans, Sesame, Hardwood (Teak), Pulses, Fish

EXPORT: Oil and Gas, Fish, Rice, Wood Products

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The Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Myanmar, a member country of ASEAN, once called Burma, is one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia Peninsula and it is bordered with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. Although Myanmar is located between two great civilizations, India and China, it has developed its own culture with distinctive characteristics.

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Information

Official Name: 
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Area: 
676,577 km2

Population: 
Over 60 millions

Capital: 
Nay Pyi Taw (Administrative City)

Language(s): 
Burmese, however English is widely spoken and understood

Religion(s): 
Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and some Animism

Currency: 
Kyat (MMK)

Anthem: 
Kaba Ma Kyei

Economy: 
INDUSTRY: Agro-Based, Wood-Based, Textiles, Heavy Industries, Steel Mill

AGRICULTURE: Rice, Beans, Sesame, Hardwood (Teak), Pulses, Fish

EXPORT: Oil and Gas, Fish, Rice, Wood Products

Tour Info

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Myanmar, a member country of ASEAN, once called Burma, is one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia Peninsula and it is bordered with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. Although Myanmar is located between two great civilizations, India and China, it has developed its own culture with distinctive characteristics. The uniqueness of Myanmar culture is that it is free from racial or sex discrimination from child birth throughout the life time. There are over 100 national races in Myanmar and the Bamar are the majority group and the other main groups are Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. Each national race group has its own culture and tradition.

Myanmar is often referred to as the Land of Pagodas. One of the major attractions for tourists is countless numbers of pagodas and monasteries, some dating back to thousands of years, that can be found all over the country side. These structures are a source of religion as well as a showcase of Myanmar art, culture and architecture. The glittering Shwedagon Pagoda, which was originally built over two thousand and five hundred years ago located in Yangon, to consider as one of the wondrous sights in the world.

Myanmar also offers a variety of unique attractions and tourist destinations. It is a land of great natural beauty and diversity with snow-capped mountains in the far north, the gentle slopes of Shan Plateau, beautiful Inle Lake, home of the unique leg rowers and long-necked Padaung Ladies wearing bass rings.

The majestic flow of Ayeyawaddy, the wonder of the ancient capital of Bagan that represents one of the richest archaeological sites of Southeast Asia, down to the unspoiled sandy beaches and archipelagoes in the south and southeast region with a variety of aquatic life in abundance, Myanmar's tourist resources are boundless in number and value with its rich cultural heritage and culture, renowned hospitality and breath-taking unspoiled natural beauty, Myanmar offers a journey that can be spiritu-ally refreshing.

Information

Official Name: 
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Area: 
676,577 km2

Population: 
Over 60 millions

Capital: 
Nay Pyi Taw (Administrative City)

Language(s): 
Burmese, however English is widely spoken and understood

Religion(s): 
Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and some Animism

Currency: 
Kyat (MMK)

Anthem: 
Kaba Ma Kyei

Economy: 
INDUSTRY: Agro-Based, Wood-Based, Textiles, Heavy Industries, Steel Mill

AGRICULTURE: Rice, Beans, Sesame, Hardwood (Teak), Pulses, Fish

EXPORT: Oil and Gas, Fish, Rice, Wood Products

Tour Info
  • On The Road To Responsible Tourism Author : Htay Aung

    Myanmar, an emerging travel destination in the Pacific Asia region, has long been an source of fascination for international travellers from many parts of the world.

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  • Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone 2017 04 November 2017

    After the rains, the monks would need new robes and on the full moon day, the offering of new robes for the monks are held. It is called the Khahtein ceremony. Sets of new robes and other offerings such as slippers, umbrellas, alms bowls, food, towels, soap and other necessities are presented to monks. Cash offerings for monasteries are also collected and displayed on wooden frames built in the shape of a tree.

  • Festival of Light (Tazaungdaing) From 03 November 2017 - 05 November 2017

    One month later the Tazaungdine Festival of Lights is celebrated, held on the full moon day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar (Tazaungmon). This is a national holiday in Myanmar, and marks the end of the rainy season. In Shan State, particularly in Taunggyi, hot air balloons lit with candles are released to celebrate the full moon day, while alms giving and charity are undertaken as a means of merit-making.

  • Shwezigon Pagoda Festival 2017 From 31 October 2017 - 03 November 2017

    Shwe Dagon Pagoda is the most well known pagoda in Myanmar and this Pagoda Festival is one of the most visited festivals for pilgrims all over the country. There is a competition to weave the holy robes using traditional looms to be offered to the Buddha Images at the four corners of the pagoda before dawn. Monks recite the Holy Scriptures 24 hours continuously throughout the duration of the festival, Buddhist devotees pay homage every day and their donations go towards the preservation of the Pagoda.

  • Hot Air Balloon Festival 2017 From 28 October 2017 - 03 November 2017

    The most spectacular event of the year is the Hot Air Balloon Festival held every November in Taunggyi commonly called the Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival.

  • Full Moon of Thadingyut (End of Buddhist Lent) 2017 05 October 2017

    This festival commemorates the time when the Buddha returned to earth after preaching in the abode of celestials during the three months of Lent. He descended at night and devotees greeted Him with lamps and lanterns. People decorate their houses with candles and coloured lanterns to symbolize this event. The festival of Light marks the end of Lent.

  • Kyaukse Dancing Elephant Festival From 04 October 2017 - 06 October 2017

    Visitors to Myanmar looking for something very out of the ordinary should attend the Dancing Elephant Festival held in Kyaukse, near Mandalay. However these marvelous performances are not the work of actual elephants, but teams of 2 men each in huge elephant costumes – made from bamboo and paper – who dance together in rhythm to the accompaniment of dobat and drums.

  • Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival From 21 September 2017 - 08 October 2017

    Set in and around the stilted villages of inle Lake, the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival is one of the largest Buddhist festivals in Myanmar, held from the 1st day of the waxing moon to the 3rd day after the full moon of Thadingyut (usually in September or October).

  • Full Moon of Waso (Beginning of Buddhist Lent) 2017 09 July 2017

    The Myanmar month of Waso is the beginning of the monsoon rains. It is also the start of the Buddhist Lent. Monks are prohibited to travel overnight from their monasteries. According to the monks' code of conduct, they are still obligated to make the rounds for their daily food whether it is raining or not. As it is, they need spare robes. Therefore there is a ceremony to offer robes to the monks for use during the wet season.

  • Pakokku Thiho Shin Pagoda Festival 2017 From 04 June 2017 - 09 June 2017

    Pakokku is an old traditional town on the western bank of the Ayeyawady River. This pagoda festival is the most important for all towns west of the Ayeyawady and products from the region, such as dried chili, homespun baskets and tobacco are sold every year at this huge country fair. The best thanakha trees, the bark of which is pounded to make the purely organic make-up cream used by many Myanmar women, grow in this area.

  • Full Moon of Kason 2017 10 May 2017

    This ritual commemorates the date 2500 years ago when the Buddha gained enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi tree. Pilgrims pour water on the Bodhi trees in pagoda compounds to keep them fresh in the summer heat of May.

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