Myanmar Overview:Quick information about Myanmar

Last Updated: June 18,2020

Quick Facts about Myanmar

Name of the countryRepublic of the Union of MyanmarMajor ReligionTheravāda Buddhism
Official languagesBurmeseArea
676,578 km
Largest cityYangonPopulation53,582,855 (2017)
Capital cityNay Pyi Taw (since 2005), former Yangon (Rangon)CurrencyKyat (K) (MMK) 
Major citiesOld Bagan, Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake, BagoTime zoneUTC+06:30 (MMT)
Flag
Calling Code+95
State Seal
ContinentSoutheastern Asia
UNESCO World Heritage Sites Pyu city-states, BaganTemperature21 °C - 32 °C (i.e. 70 °F - 89.6 °F)
Traditional festivalsThingyan (Burmese New Year)Famous peopleAung San Suu Kyi (Nobel Peace Prize 1991)


Where is Myanmar?

Myanmar (or Burma) is a country in Southeast Asia, located in the western portion of mainland Southeast Asia. It's also a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since 1997.

Myanmar is bordered by 5 countries: India in the north, China in the northeast, Laos and Thailand in the east, and Bangladesh in the northwest.

Myanmar's Capital

Myanmar's capital city is Naypyidaw. Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, was used to be its capital. In November 2005, the national capital changed from Yangon to new capital city Naypyidaw, which means "city of the kings".

Travel in Myanmar

Myanmar will be one of the most complex and fascinating destinations you are going to. Its door didn't open to the world since last century because of isolation and government's policies. As the last visited country in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is the only place you will see this land "before it changed".

Myanmar is rich in culture, scared architectures, history and scenic wonders. Top attractions includes Bagan sunset with thousands of ancient temple as background, river cruise on Irrawaddy River, explore Inle Lake and the unique lifestyle of Intha people on a boat, etc.

Myanmar Climate

Myanmar is warm all-year round since it dominated by the southwest monsoon. Average temperature is between 21℃(70℉) in the coolest months and maximum 32 °C (89.6 °F) in the hottest months.

Myanmar climate can be divided into three seasons, the relatively cool winter starts from November to February, the hot summer is March and April, the rainy season is during May to October.

Money Used in Myanmar

Myanmar's currency is called Burmese Kyat (pronounced "chat"). The currency code of Kyat is MMK and the currency symbol is K.

US dollar is also widely used in Myanmar previously, mainly for large bills under certain circumstances like accommodation, overnight buses, and tours which payable in dollars. Myanmar now prefer Kyat.

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