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About Myanmar

The Golden Land is a quite extraordinary place to visit, rich in wondrous sites and populated by a proud, friendly people.

Highlights of the country include the unforgettable splendour of Shwedagon Pagoda, the astounding plain of temples at Bagan, and the tranquility of Inle Lake with its vibrant tribal life. Equally memorable are the unpredictable delights that seem to grace everyone’s visit here…

Shared tea with a group of laughing monks; an invitation for lunch under a Bodhi tree; marveling at an intricate carving in an empty temple; bargaining for cloth in a Shan market. Myanmar is certainly a country that rewards an eye for detail and an open mind.

In recent years tourism has been encouraged, and foreign visitors are beginning to experience the many treasures of Southeast Asia’s most intriguing destination.

Facts

  • Official name: Union of Myanmar
  • Population: 50 million (UN, 2009)
  • Capital: Nay Pyi Taw
  • Largest city: Rangoon (Yangon)
  • Area: 676,552 sq km (261,218 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Burmese, indigenous ethnic languages
  • Major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam
  • Life expectancy: 59 years (men), 63 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 kyat = 100 pyas
  • Main exports: Teak, pulses and beans, prawns, fish, rice, opiates, oil and gas
  • GNI per capita: not available
  • Internet domain: .mm
  • International dialling code: +95

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