Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_top position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_bottom position below the menu.

Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_bottom position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_top position below the search.
Myanmar Information

Location

Myanmar is situated in Southeast Asia and is bordered on the north and northeast by China; on the east and southeast by Laos and Thailand respectively; on the south by the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal; and on the west by Bangladesh and India. The country covers an area of 677,000 square kilometers (261,228 square miles), ranging 936 kilometres (581 miles) from east to west and 2,051 kilometres (1, 275 miles) from north to south. Myanmar shares a 2, 185 –kilometers border with China. The second-longest border is shared with Thailand (1,800 kilometres) followed by India (1,463 kilometres), Laos (235 kilometres) and Bangladesh (193 kilometres).

Geography

The central lowlands are ringed by steep, rugged highlands. The lowest point is the Andaman Sea and the highest point is Mt Hkakabo Razi in Kachin State, at 5,881 metres.

Climate

Myanmar has three main seasons: a hot season, rainy season, and cold season. Hot season is from March to May, rainy season is from June to October and cold season is from November to February. The tropical monsoon is usually cloudy and rainy, while hot season is hot and humid and the cold season features mild temperatures and lower humidity. Rainfall is scant in both summer and winter.

Natural resources

Myanmar is rich in natural resources, including petroleum, timber, tin, antimony, zinc, copper, tungsten, lead, coal, marble, limestone, precious stones and natural gas.

People

Myanmar is made up of 135 national races, of which the main groups are Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Bamar, Mon, Rakhine and Shan. Population is estimated to be more than 60 million, of which Bamar are thought to make up about two-thirds. The nationality is Myanmar. Some of the smaller ethnic groups include Akha, Palaung, Padaung, Naga, Taron and Eng. The mains religions are Buddhism, Christian and Muslim. The major language is Myanmar, but minority ethnic groups have their own languages. English is widely spoken and understood.

History

The earliest known primate is referred to as Pondaung Man – named after the area in northern Myanmar where he was found – who lived about 40 million years ago. More recently several city states emerged, followed by what are known as the three Myanmar Empires. The earliest major civilization was known as the Pyu. Later, King Anawrahta of Bagan (1044-1077AD) created the first Myanmar Empire. The second Myanmar Empire was created by King Bayinnaung of the Taungoo Dynasty (1551-1581AD), while the third Myanmar Empire was led by King Alaungpaya of the Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1760AD). These three great kings are well-known in Myanmar history for their bravery and leadership. After the country fell under British rule in 4885, King Thibaw, Queen Supayalat and the royal family were taken to Ratanagiri in India. Myanmar remained a British colony until dependence on January 4, 1948.

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