50 Fascinating Facts About Myanmar

One of the world's most intriguing places has been Myanmar for many years. The nation was formerly known as Burma until 1989 when the governing Military Junta changed the name to 'The Republic of the Union of Myanmar.' Because of the country's harsh military past, numerous nations throughout the globe initially opposed the shift. However, the name Myanmar gradually persisted, though it is still frequently referred to as Burma. Burmese are the people who live there. Even though more people visit the area, there are still many facts, customs, and customs that people are discovering. Myanmar has a plethora of cultural and historical treasures. After decades of oppression by a military administration, the nation has now opened up to the rest of the globe. It's an awe-inspiring country that amazes every visitor. Here are 50 fascinating facts about Myanmar to whet your appetite for a trip to this Southeast Asian nation.

Fascinating Facts

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Fishers in Myanmar's Inle Lake are famed for fishing on one leg. Overages, the native Intha people evolved an extraordinary method that allowed them to fish and row simultaneously. Standing enables the fisherman to see beyond the reeds that lay just under the surface of the lake's shallow waters.
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Until the military government changed the name to Myanmar in 1989, the nation was known as Burma. Rangoon, the capital, was renamed Yangon. Several days of protests ensued, but the name stayed.
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Northern China, eastern Laos, and Thailand, southern Andaman Sea, Gulf of Bengal, and western Bangladesh and India are some countries that border the nation.
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With 676.578 square kilometres, it is the world's 39th largest country.
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Myanmar has a coastline of 1930 kilometres along the Gulf of Bengal as well as the Andaman Sea. Myanmar seems to be the home of pristine beaches, much as Thailand's beaches 30 years ago.
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The fisherman of Myanmar's Inle Lake is renowned across the globe for fishing while standing on one leg. To be able to fish and paddle a boat at the same time, these fishermen created an odd approach.
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Myanmar became the official name of the nation in 1989. It was once known as Burma. Rangoon's capital was renamed Yangon.
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The golden Shwedagon Paya may be seen in Yangon (previously Rangoon), the historical capital city. It is one of Buddhism's most holy locations and is said to have the eight hairs of Gautama Buddha.
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Myanmar was deemed a pariah state from 1962 to 2011 when a repressive military regime ruled it.
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Finally, in November 2015, Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD opposition party secured enough parliamentary seats to establish a government.
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After a successful coup in 1962, General Win assumed control of Burma, which remained under military rule until 2011.
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Bagan's home base is in Myanmar. This is the world's most extensive and densely packed collection of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas, and ruins. As a kingdom, Bagan once had more than 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas, including monasteries, all built during the second century AD.
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Throughout the years, Bagan has been subjected to several earthquakes. Over 400 structures were destroyed in the most recent earthquake, which occurred in 2016. Currently, there are "only" the remnants of 2000 temples and pagodas, many of which are being refurbished and rebuilt.
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The Buddhist faith is practised by 89 percent of Myanmar's people.
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Burma is home to many fish and animals, but it is most renowned for its elephants, manatees, wild buffalo, tigers, even leopards. It is an ornithologist's dream, with over 800 bird species.
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At 110 meters in height, the magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda dominates the Yangon skyline. The complex, built 2,500 years ago to house Buddha's hair and other sacred treasures, today includes hundreds of temples, stupas, and sculptures.
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The stupa's top is covered with 4531 diamonds, the biggest of which is 72 carats. The main pagoda is coated in hundreds of gold leaves.
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A traditional Myanmar dinner consists of steamed rice, seafood, meat, vegetables, and soup, all of which are served simultaneously. Locals consume rice with their fingers and blend it with other meals.
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Agriculture accounts for more than half of Myanmar's GDP, with rice being the most significant product.
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Kissing noises are every day in Myanmar restaurants because they are used to getting the waiter's attention.
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Myanmar is home to more than 135 distinct ethnic groups, making it the 75th most varied nation globally. The most prominent ethnic groups are Burman (68%), Shan (9%), Karen (7%), and Rakhine Chinese (4%).
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Temples and pagodas located across Myanmar were created during the Pagan Empire's 12th and 13th centuries when Theravada Buddhism expanded throughout the nation.
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Today, Buddhism is practised by 89 percent of Myanmar's population.
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Myanmar's men and women have been using a yellow paste made from Thanakha bark as a cosmetic.
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Agriculture accounts for more than half of Myanmar's GDP. Rice is an essential product.
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Small children will be seen wearing sacred thread around their necks or wrists to ward against evil spirits or spells.
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When residents in Myanmar wish to attract a waiter's attention, they make a kissing sound, generally two or three quick kisses. It's the kind of sound you'd make if you were calling a cat.
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In Myanmar, astrology is regarded exceptionally seriously. The Burmese zodiac includes the 12 Western zodiac signs, as well as 27 lunar mansions and 8-weekday signs.
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Myanmar is the 75th most varied nation in the world, with over 135 distinct ethnic groups.
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While the law of the road in Myanmar was initially to drive on the left, the nation abruptly swapped sides in 1970. Unfortunately, trade prohibitions prohibited the import of automobiles from nations that manufacture left-hand-drive vehicles.
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In Myanmar, both men and women wear longyis, cylindrical pieces of fabric wrapped around the waist and down to the feet.
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For ages, a great and robust Kingdom lived in the central Myanmar lowlands. Kings constructed a series of historic temples and pagodas, which formed a focal point for Theravada Buddhism.
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Ancient temples, as well as pagodas, gave rise to Burmese culture and linguistic domination in contemporary Myanmar.
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Burma was a member of the British Empire from the mid-nineteenth century. Japan also invaded it during WWII until achieving independence in 1948.
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Visitors to Myanmar may observe individuals on the streets with what appears to be dirt plastered over their faces. This is a bit unsettling at first, but it's nothing to be concerned about
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Chinelone is the national sport of Myanmar, and it's not a competitive activity; instead, it's a non-competitive game in which six participants keep a cane ball in the air using a series of clever foot juggling.
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Myanmar's highlands provide an ideal environment for grape growing, and a few vineyards have arisen, creating their wines.
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Myanmar was governed by the British for almost a century. Therefore it acquired some of its traditions and customs. One of them is driving style. Early cars drove on the left, much like their old colonial overlords.
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A floating island of floating weeds, including water hyacinth, is used by the Intha people of Inle Lake to cultivate crops, which they harvest from the water. Such floating garden islands may be chopped, rearranged, and relocated by boat, and they can even be sold as real estate.
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In Burma, people don't cut their hair on certain days: Mondays, Fridays, and birthdays.
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An astrologer selects wedding dates, which should offer the couple good fortune.
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Protection against evil spirits and spells is provided by youngsters wearing sacred thread around their necks and wrists.
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People in Myanmar do not wash a newborn child's hair for a month after birth.
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Pregnant women are prohibited from doing or eating certain items, such as bananas, which indicate that the baby will be overly large. The newborn baby would have no hair, and women are not permitted to attend weddings or funerals while pregnant.
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One of the most endearing Yangon facts we noticed was that the Burmese people are courteous
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The landscape is a combination of central plains and steep, rocky hills.
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Myanmar's international dialling code is +95.
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Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate, with hot, overcast, and humid summers and milder, less humid, and less cloudy winters.
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The average life expectancy in this country is 67.13 years (2019).
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Myanmar's official language is Burmese.

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