Country Info: Myanmar

Country Info: Myanmar
By Minn Wai Ko

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  • Official name:
    Republic of the Union of Myanmar (previously Union of Myanmar; Union of Burma)
  • Population:
    48.3 million (UN, 2011)
  • Capital:
  • Largest city:
  • Area:
    676,552 sq km (261,218 sq miles)
  • Major language:
    Burmese, indigenous ethnic languages
  • Major religion:
    Buddhism, Christianity, Islam
  • Life expectancy:
    64 years (men), 68 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit:
    1 kyat
  • Main exports:
    Teak, pulses and beans, prawns, fish, rice, opiates, oil and gas
  • GNI per capita:
  • Internet domain:
  • International dialling code:


Myanmar's best cuisine is tea leaf salad (Green Tea), Moke Hin Ga soup and steamed coconut rice with fried chicken. Tea leaf salad is made of green tea leaf steeped with Ground Nut oil. Other ingredients are fried garlic, sesame, Fried ground nut, dried prawn, etc. Moke Hin Ga Soup is a fish soup usually eaten at breakfast, made with rice noodles. Steamed coconut rice with fried chicken is same as Thai food, but sometimes we also use beef.


Shwedagon Pagoda

A 99 meters (325 ft) gilded pagoda and located in Yangon. According to historical records the Shwedagon Pagoda has existed for more than 2,600 years.


An ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma. From the 9th to 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan.

Ngapali Beach

A beach located 7 kilometres from the town of Thandwe City in Rakhine State, Burma. It is the most famous beach in Burma. "Ngapali" has no meaning in Burmese; the name comes from the Italian "Napoli" (the city of Naples). According to history Ngapali Beach was compared to beautiful Naples Beach.