MYANMAR (BURMA)

Cole C. 2nd Period

COME TO MYANMAR

Come to Myanmar! We are located in between India and Thailand which both bring great culture. We provide 75% of the worlds teakwood due to our large forested areas and also export precious and expensive gems. Myanmar has fought it's way along with India out of British control which makes us strong country and independent country though most of our businesses are controlled by the government. We contain most of the rivers in Southeast Asia which will provide lots of resources to our people and you. Are capital and also are largest city, Yangoon, which is famous for the gold covered Buddhist temples and all of the modern universities. Come to Myanmar and you will have a mystical time!

Myanmar - "Mistical Myanmar where every second you get you won't forget"

Geography and Climate of Myanmar

The country covers an area of 677,000 square kilometres (261,228 square miles). Myanmar is stationed in South-east Asia and is bordered on the north and the north-east by China, on the east and south-east by Laos and Thailand, on the south by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, and on the west by Bangladesh and India. Now that you know where it is lets continue!

The total coastline length from the mouth of the Naaf River to Kawthoung is 2216 km.

It is a land of hills and valleys and is rimmed in the north, east and west by mountain ranges forming a giant horseshoe. Enclosed within the mountain barriers are the valleys of three major rivers where most of the country’s agricultural land and population are concentrated; the Irrawaddy river (2170 km) navigable on 1500 km, the Chindwin river (965 km) which is 180 km in the dry season, but 610 km during the monsoon, and the Salween river (2815 km) navigable on 160 km. So what about the Seasons?

Myanmar enjoys a tropical climate, with three seasons;

The cool season runs from mid-October to mid-February, when milder temperatures in most areas may drop to very cold ones in the highlands in December and January.

Summer is from mid-February to mid-May, when temperatures in many parts of the country often exceed 40°C.

Torrential deluges are common during the rainy season, from mid-May to mid-October. But the rainy season can be a good time to visit Mandalay, Bagan, and other destinations in central Myanmar as it does not receive as much rain as some other parts of the country.

People and Culture

Language: Burmese is the country's official language, though English is spoken in large towns and by elderly folk. There are also many languages and dialects among the 135 different national races.

The modern alphabet consists of 33 letters (consonants) and 12 basic vowels (sequential extensions result in 21 vowels) which are combined with various symbols (4 in basic, 11 in total consonant combination symbols) to indicate the tones.




Population and the People: Myanmar is a union of over 100 national races with their own languages and dialects, these major races are Bamar, Chin, Kachin, Shan, Kayah, Kayin, Mon and Rakhine. Myanmar embraces all the national races. The population of Myanmar is 51 million with the Bamar, the majority race making up about 70%.



Religion: Buddhism is the dominant religion of Myanmar and Buddhism is embraced by about 80% of the population. The local temple is central to every community, and is also a traditional place of education. Every single male person is expected to temporarily don the monk's robes at least once in his lifetime usually as a young man. There is freedom of worship for other religions: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Animism. Neat and respectful dress are required to be worn in all religious shrines. It is not considered polite to visit religious monuments in shorts, miniskirts or hot pants, or just what tourists would where (or Americans). Though shoes can be worn in temple compounds, they are supposed be removed before entering the chapel of the principal Buddha image. All Buddha images are regarded as sacred, regardless of size, age or position, and should all be shown due respect. Buddhist monks are not allowed to touch or be touched by a woman, or accept anything from a woman's hand.



Social Life: Names are preceded by a number of different titles. Ko is the general title for an adult male. U (pronounced oo) precedes an older or well-respected man's name, while Aung is used for younger men. A woman's name is preceded by Daw. A handshake is considered an acceptable form of greeting. Shoes are usually removed before entering a traditional home, though this may no longer be expected in modern city residences. Displaying the soles of the feet is considered offensive, as is pointing feet at people or objects or touching people on the head. Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon. Small presents are acceptable and appreciated, although never expected.

Now Just Remember Come To Myanmar!