Mynamar is a country formerly known as Burma (know nown as Myanmar since 1989), gained independence in 1948 from The United Kingdom.Around the year 1057, King Anawrahta founds the first unified Myanmar state at Pagan and adopts Theravada Buddhism. Fast forward 500 years later, Toungoo dynasty reunites country as Burma as we know today.
The capital of Myanmar was moved from Yangon (formerly Rangoon) to Naypyidaw in 2005. The currency of Myanmar is known as Kyat.
Where is Mynamar?[edit | edit source]
How many people live in Mynamar?[edit | edit source]
According to a 2014 census, the country has a population of over 51 million people.The people living there identifies themselves as Burmese.
What are the most common languages in Mynamar?[edit | edit source]
Burmese is the common language spoken by Burmese people.
What is the most common religion in Mynamar?[edit | edit source]
Theravada Buddhism remains the dominant religion (88%) followed by Christianity (6%), Islam at (4%) and others (2%).
What is the sport of Mynamar?[edit | edit source]
The national sport is chinlone which is non competitive game with no opposing team and has no focus on winning or losing.The game consists of one team of six players whom pass a woven rattan ball around in a circle (typically 22 feet in diameter) using their heads, knees and feet. One player stands in the middle of the circle to perform a solo; various moves reminiscent of dance are combined as the soloist is supported by those in the outer circle. The round stops once the rattan ball has touched the ground.
What are some important sites?[edit | edit source]
Shwemawdaw Paya - Its name meaning "Great Golden God", because the glittering gold that covers it can be seen for miles around. The diamond-studded top also is responsible for some of the glitter. At almost 114 meters (375 feet) high, it is the tallest pagoda in Myanmar. It is especially important to Buddhism because it contains several relics belonging to Buddha. Located in Bago, the 1,000-year-old complex is highly ornate with smaller pagodas that also are gold-covered, statues and pavilions.
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda - A pagoda (zedi) sitting atop a huge boulder that appears as if it’s about to fall off the edge of a cliff. Both are covered in golf leaf. The locals believe the boulder, which sits 1,100 meters (3,600 feet) above sea level, is held in place through a miracle of Buddha; the pagoda is said to contain a strand of his hair
Taung Kalat - Built atop an extinct volcano plug, the Buddhist monastery of Taung Kalat is one of the most breathtaking sites in Burma. To reach the monastery, visitors must climb the 777 steps to the summit. From the top of Taung Kalat, one can enjoy a panoramic view of ancient city of Bagan and the solitary conical peak of Mount Popa.