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An Introduction to Myanmar

Official Name: Republic of the Union of Myanmar Capital City: Nay PyiDaw Main Business Center: Yangon Flag: New since October 2010. Yellow signifies solidarity, green is for peace and red for courage and determination. The white star stands for the Union Currency: “Kyats” USD$ 1.00 = approx. 1,000 kyats Population: 51 million people Yangon Pop’n: 5 million people Ethnic Groups: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, Others 5% Religion: Buddhist 89%, Christian 4%, Muslim 4%, Animist 1%, Other 2% Land [...]

Traditional Food

Myanmar is a country populated by 135 officially recognised ethnic groups, each of which has their own distinct cuisine – of which Burmese/Bamar food is the most widely spread. This guide will introduce the reader to traditional Burmese food, which consists largely of oil-based curries, salads with fresh or boiled vegetables, various types of salted fish recipes and soups, all of which are eaten with rice. Herbs are frequently used; ginger, turmeric, garlic, chili, lemon grass, spring onions and [...]