Location: Myanmar

Myanmar, also called Burma, is located in the western portion of mainland Southeast Asia. In 1989 the country’s official English name, which it had held since 1885, was changed from the Union of Burma to the Union of Myanmar. The English name of the city that served as the country’s capital from 1948 to 2006, Rangoon, also was dropped in 1989 in favour of the common Burmese name, Yangon.

It is the northernmost country of Southeast Asia; shaped like a kite with a long tail that runs south along the Malay Peninsula. The country is bordered by China to the north and northeast, Laos to the east, Thailand to the southeast, the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal to the south and southwest, Bangladesh to the west, and India to the northwest.

Although Myanmar is located in the monsoon region of Asia, its climate is greatly modified by its geographic position.  It has three seasons: the cool, relatively dry northeast monsoon (late October to mid-February), the hot, dry season (mid-February to mid-May), and the rainy southwest monsoon (mid-May to late October).

The educational system of Myanmar is operated by the government agency, the Ministry of Education and is based on the United Kingdom’s system. Nearly all schools are government-operated, but there has been a recent increase in privately funded English language schools.

Buddhism has been a part of Myanmar’s culture since the 1st century and has blended with non-Buddhist beliefs.  The culture is the magnificent architecture and sculpture of its many temples and monasteries. Music and dance are integral to most dramatic forms of the Burmans. Among Myanmar’s most prominent cultural institutions are the state schools of dance, music, drama, and fine arts at Yangon and Mandalay, as well as the National Museum of Art and Archaeology at Yangon.

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