Updated at 2022-06-27
Even those who haven’t been to Myanmar should be familiar with Shwedagon Pagoda, the Mahamuni Buddha, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, and maroon-clad monks. Thousands of Buddhist temples and pagodas, gilded pagodas, stepped temples, and dazzling monasteries were built a millennium ago in Bagan, the capital of the Bagan Kingdom.The UN now protects more than 5,000 pagodas. This fully demonstrates the long history of Buddhism in Myanmar, where 90 percent of the population practice Buddhism. The hanging Buddhist prayer ornaments in the image not only represent Taoyuan and Myanmar’s friendship, but also convey heartfelt and genuine blessings from this Buddhist country.
Flag: the flag features a white five-pointed star and yellow, green, and red horizontal stripes as the background.
National day: Jan. 4
Capital: Nay Pyi Taw
Area: approximately 676,000 square kilometers
Population: 54.465 million (January 2020)
Government: federal presidential system, bicameral legislature, five-year term. The cabinet has 24 members, and the president leads the cabinet. There are four levels of courts and procuratorates. The Supreme Court and the Office of the Attorney General of the Union supervise three levels of region or state, district, and township courts and law offices.