The Shwemawdaw Pagoda is a stupa located in Bago, Myanmar. It is often referred as the Golden God Temple. It is 375 feet (114 m) in height. The Shwemawdaw Paya was originally built around the 10th century CE but was destroyed several times due to earthquakes. The original version of the pagoda was approximately 70 feet (21 m) tall, built by the Mon supposedly to hold two hairs of the Buddha. Tooth relics were also added to the pagoda in 982 and 1385. Further additions to the temple include a bell from King Dhammazedi, a crown from King Bayinnaung, and a spire umbrella from King Bodawpaya. ... See MoreSee Less
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LARGEST SHOPPING MALL
Myanmar Plaza – part of the HAGL Myanmar Centre now under construction on Kabar Aye Pagoda Road – opened for business on 5 Dec 2015. The Centre is owned by Vietnam’s Hoang Anh Gia Lai.
The new plaza spans five floors and houses more than 100 retail locations – with nearly one-third of them offering food. ... See MoreSee Less
ျမန္မာပလာဇာရဲ့ Valentine Day ေန႔ ျမင္ကြင္းမ်ား Come and enjoy Valentine's Songs by Eaint Chit & Leo. Be your Valentine with special love t...
LARGEST CAR DISTRIBUTOR
In 2012, Super Seven Stars Co Ltd was appointed distributor for Kia and SsangYong vehicles. Currently it has the biggest car sales network in the country, with more than 10 showrooms in seven cities. Now it sells Kia, Peugeot, SsangYong, and King Long in Myanmar. ... See MoreSee Less
NISSAN SUNNY - FIRST MYANMAR ASSEMBLED CAR
Tan Chong Motor Myanmar launched the first Nissan model assembled locally on 18 Jan 2017. The fact that it is assembled locally matters for Myanmar customers, who face onerous restrictions on importing new cars from abroad. The car is asseembled at Hlaing Tharyar. It is produced in Myanmar using a semi-knocked down system, where segments of the car are exported having already been partly put together and then the rest of the assembly is done locally. ... See MoreSee Less
Win Zaw Oo (born 1977) is the tallest person in Burma, reaching 233 centimetres (92 in) in height. He is also known as Big Zaw. His growth has resulted from an uncommon medical condition known as acromegaly.
Win Zaw Oo was born and raised in a rural village in Magway, central Burma. In August 2013, Win Zaw Oo travelled to Singapore to surgically remove the tumour which caused his drastic height. ... See MoreSee Less
Myanmar Book Of Records added 2 new photos to the album: Largest puppets.
The Mingalabar Festival took place in Yangon on 2-4 Dec 2016. Hosted jointly by the Institut Francais de Birmanie and Yangon Region government, the event aimed to celebrate the 55th anniversary of French-Myanmar relations. The highlight of the festival were the record-setting 8-metre wicker puppets: Shwe Mi, a '15-year-old Myanmar girl', and Saw Phyo, her '20-year-old French boyfriend. Saw Phyo was a previously constructed bamboo puppet, Shwe Mi was built just before the festival. ... See MoreSee Less
MYANMAR'S OLDEST CITY
Beikthano is the oldest urban site so far discovered in Myanmar and the oldest of the three ancient centers of Pyu civilization (the other two being Srikestra and Halin). The structures, found there date from 200 B.C. to 100 A.D.
“Of the over one hundred debris mounds that are present at Beikthano, twenty-five of them were excavated between 1959 and 1963 (new excavations, it is reported, are presently underway). While artifacts, and coins have come to light, little is known concerning the details of the physical structures at the site since they now exist only as fragmentary foundations." The Art and Culture of Burma by Dr. Richard M. Cooler. ... See MoreSee Less
LARGEST HOTEL COMPLEX
South Korean KDB Daewoo Securities' Daewoo Amara Hotel in Yangon will be completed in a few months' time.
The project which will include a 15-storey luxury hotel and 29-storey serviced residence near Inya Lake in Yangon, will be carried out by a consortium of Daewoo International, POSCO Engrg and Construction and Korean luxury chain Lotte Hotels and Resort.
The complex will encompass a total floor area of 104,123 sqm when it is finished. The 29-storey serviced residence will add 315 rooms while the 15-storey luxury hotel will add 346 rooms to the market. This is Myanmar's biggest hotel project so far. ... See MoreSee Less
CHEAPEST SMART PHONE
The Thailand-made True smart phone is sold on the streets and online for 20,000 - 23,000 kyat (US$16-19). The price included one SIM card. The 3G phone has slots for two SIM cards.
It is estimated that there are now 45 million active SIM subscriptions, up from only 3 - 4 million two years ago, and 60% to 80% of those are for smartphones. ... See MoreSee Less
LONGEST AND DEEPEST CAVE
The longest cave in Myanmar is the Kyauk Khaung at 4,790 m and the deepest cave is Mai Lone Kho at -160 m. The Myanmar Cave Documentation Project (www.myanmarcaves.com) was initiated by Joerg Dreybrodt in 2009 and in 2013, the expedition extended the documentation of this cave from 2.3 km to 4.8km in length ... See MoreSee Less
FIRST COMMERCIAL HOT AIR BALLOON OPERATION IN SE ASIA
Balloons Over Bagan was founded by Brett Melzer and Khin Omar Win in 1999. It operated the first commercial hot air balloon operation in South East Asia, from a single small balloon operation with 8 crew, to a 10-balloon operation employing over 100 local staff and 16 foreign pilots and technicians.
From 15 Nov 2016 through to 28 Feb 2017, Balloons over Bagan will be expanding its daily service to Inle Lake with the introduction of a new premium service carrying up to 6 passengers over the floating gardens and villages on the lake. ... See MoreSee Less
FIRST MULTI_PLAYER ONLINE GAME
Created in 2012, Shan Koe Mee is regarded as the first multiplayer online game in Myanmar.
ရွမ္းဂိမ္းသည္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ၏ ပထမဦးဆံုး ေသာ Online multiplayer card game ျဖစ္ပါသည္။ ေပ်ာ္ရႊင္စြာ ကစားဖို႔ ဖိတ္ေခၚအပ္ပါတယ္ ခင္ဗ်ား။ ♣♣♣ ♣♣♣
shankoemee.com ... See MoreSee Less
FIRST DIGITAL PAYMENTS BY SMART PHONES
ConnectNPay, a joint venture between Myanmar’s MCC Group and Singapore’s Leo Tech, has since May 2015 provided an e-link between service providers, such as utility companies, and payment partners, such as banks. From May to December it says it recorded more than 40,000 transactions worth K6.45 billion (about US$4.98 million) on its platform. To make the transactions possible the company had to help digitalise the data bases of state enterprises, such as the Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation.
CB Bank in October 2015 became the first financial institution in Myanmar to offer account holders the option of paying a utility bill over their mobile phone.
(Source: Frontier Myanmar 15 Feb 2016) ... See MoreSee Less
MOST DIFFERENTIATED BRANDS
Apple has emerged as the most differentiated brand in Myanmar, followed by Coca-Cola and Samsung, while local telco MPT is the most loved, according to WPP and Milward Brown’s inaugural BrandZ Spotlight on Myanmar. Within the categories surveyed, 42 brands from everyday categories like coffee, soft drinks, mobile phones and mobile network operators, Apple, Coca-Cola, Huawei, Nescafe, Sprite and Samsung have all emerged on the leaderboards. “It is clear that strong brands can be - and are already - strong brands in Myanmar,” said David Roth, CEO, The Store WPP, EMEA and Asia. Still, homegrown brands like MPT and Premier Coffee hold their own against competition. Findings suggest that people in Myanmar want brands that fulfill a role in their lives, and interestingly, both local and foreign brands are on fairly equal footing. “Local brands have the advantage of heritage and have also benefitted from a lack of competition over the past years,” Roth noted. ... See MoreSee Less
In the capital city of Naypyidaw, is a 20-lane highway which leads to the parliamentary buildings. Some visitors find that the highway is the main attraction in Naypyidaw as they can stroll leisurely through the highway with few cars around. ... See MoreSee Less
FIRST MYANMAR BANK TO GO INTERNATIONAL
Myanmar’s Kanbawza Bank (KBZ) has officially received a licence from the Bank of Thailand to open a representative office in the country. This licence makes KBZ Bank the first Myanmar bank to establish an international presence.
In order to open this office, KBZ Bank had to undergo stringent due diligence procedures and demonstrate significant transparency as part of the licence application. This included an appraisal of the bank’s position in the market, background information of its shareholders, the awards the bank has received and its accounts and investments to ensure its operations adhered to the guidelines set by the Bank of Thailand.
The representative office will be headed by Zeyar Sein Htut, KBZ Bank’s newly appointed Country Head for Thailand, and will focus on activities such as market research, liaising with the private sector and serving as a source of information, including regulatory requirements for doing business both in Thailand and Myanmar. ... See MoreSee Less
OLDEST EXISTING CHURCH
Built in 1862, the Armenian Church of St John the Baptist began serving Yangon’s once-thriving Armenian community in 1863.
Rev John Felix, priest at the Armenian church in Yangon, can't speak Armenian - but then neither can his congregation.
The church enjoys an imposing location, at a street corner on Merchant Street. Armenians settled in the city in the 18th century, when it began to prosper as a major seaport. The city’s first Armenian church came in 1766, located near the river, but does not exist anymore. ... See MoreSee Less
FIRST EVER AUTOMATED STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM (AS/RS) INSTALLED IN MYANMAR
Daifuku Co Ltd has successfully handed over what is reported to be the first ever AS/RS in Myanmar. The AS/RS is being used by Myanmar Pharmaceutical Industries, a government owned pharmaceutical manufacturer.
MORE: www.daifuku.com/company/news/2016/0607/ ... See MoreSee Less
LARGEST EXPORT COMMODITY
Natural gas exports earn Myanmar US$170 million each month, with a total of 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas exported to Thailand and China, according to the Ministry of Energy (MoE).
Myanmar has four offshore gas fields. Roughly 700 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) is exported from the Yadana project and 325 from the Yetagun field, both of which are located in the Andaman Sea. Around 360mmcfd is exported from the Shwe Gas project in the Bay of Bengal and 240 from the Zawtika project in the Gulf of Martaban. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanlwin Bridge (Mawlamyaing) is the longest bridge in Myanmar and connects the city of Mawlamyaing with Mottama. Constructed at the confluence of the Thanlwin River, the Gyaing River and the Attayan River in Mon State, the bridge has a 3 km-long motor road and a 6 km-long railroad as well as pedestrian lanes. ... See MoreSee Less
Myanmar’s Oldest Artist In A Solo Exhibition
Sayar U San Hlaing was born in Sheinmakar Street, Magyidan Ward, Pyapon on 23 Dec 1923. Billed as the oldest classical and legendary artist in Myanmar, in 2015, he painted and put up a solo exhibition at the Strand with about 103 paintings. He passed away in Dec that year at 93 years. He was a successful commercial artist, drawing advertising signboards, movie posters and flags at this own shop in Yangon during 1963-64. In his earlier days, he also fought for Myanmar independence, at the peak of General Aung San’s leadership. ... See MoreSee Less
Myanmar observed the International Day of Older Persons in Oct 2015 in Nay Pyi Taw. The titles for oldest man in Myanmar was named as 118-year-old U EaiK Kham from Tachileik, Shan State and the oldest woman, 123-year-old Daw Mya Kyi from Amarapura township, Mandalay region, through a senior citizen. ... See MoreSee Less
Myanmar Book Of Records shared World Economic Forum's Which are the world's fastest-growing economies?.
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Fastest growing economy in the world. ... See MoreSee Less
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Myanmar's first vineyard, started in 1999. ... See MoreSee Less
LARGEST 3G COVERAGE
Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications Company claims it will reach 95 percent of the country’s population by the end of March 2016 with its 3G network. The state-owned telecom company is partnering with international firms KDDI and Sumitomo to help roll out the coverage and upgrade their existing towers. Currently, MPT claims they cover 60 percent of Myanmar’s population. “With 95 percent of the Myanmar population covered by March, there is no doubt that MPT strengthens its leadership with over 18 million users and the largest 3G network in the country,” an MPT spokesperson was quoted as saying. ... See MoreSee Less
LARGEST RAILWAY STATION
Yangon Central Railway Station is the largest railway station in Myanmar. It is the gateway to Myanmar Railways' 3126 mile (5031 kilometer) rail network. The station was built in 1877 by the British but destroyed in 1943 from advancing Japanese forces. The current station designed in traditional Burmese architectural style was completed in 1954. ... See MoreSee Less
Myanmar Book Of Records shared Yangon Waterboom's photo.
Myanmar's first Water Theme Park opens ... See MoreSee Less
Gokteik Viaduct - Highest Railway Bridge in Myanmar ... See MoreSee Less
www.rarolens.com - A train journey from Pyin Oo Lwin to Naung Pain in northern Myanmar (Burma). The narrow guage railway crosses the Gokteik gorge ove...
FIRST FULL SERVICE MOBILE PAYMENT SYSTEM
Launched in Feb 2014, MYWALLET plus is a joint venture between Leo Tech Services of Singapore and MCC Group, to provide consumers and businesses in Myanmar with a scalable, accessible payment platform. One can pay utility bills, mobile contract, even schools with just a few taps on the mobile screen. Transactions between users and MYWALLET plus are encrypted on secure servers meaning that bills can be paid without sharing private financial details or queuing up at multiple payment offices. (www.leotech.com.sg/?portfolio=mywalletplus) ... See MoreSee Less
The prestigious ECONOMIST magazine has selected Myanmar as its 'Country of the Year'. It wrote:
Our winner, therefore, is Myanmar. Five years ago it was a larcenous dictatorship where even pictures of Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader, were banned from newspapers. In November Miss Suu Kyi’s party won 77% of the vote. The army, which retains huge privileges, appears ready to share power. It could still go wrong. (Myanmar still treats the Rohingya and other minorities disgracefully.) But the country’s transition to something resembling democracy has come faster than anyone dared expect. For that, Myanmar wins the prize. ... See MoreSee Less
The Moeyungyi Wetland Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1988 and is the first site under Ramsar Convention in Myanmar (2005). It is just over 100 km north of Yangon. The Ramsar is an inter-governmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources ... See MoreSee Less
Moeyungyi Wetlands is one of the few Burmese national parks that are accessible to foreigners. It houses 125 species of birds.
Myanmar’s first ever subway will be crossing underneath the congested Pyay Road beside the Junction Square shopping center in Kamaryut Township.
Shwe Taung Group, which owns the mall, confirmed the plans, but couldn’t give an exact date for its completion. ... See MoreSee Less
WORLD'S BEST MEMORY FOR PUBLISHED TEXT
The Guinness Book of Records of 1985 has this entry:
Human memory: Bhandanta Vicitsara (sic) recited 16,000 pages of Buddhist canonical texts in Rangoon, Burma in May 1954. Rare instances of eidetic memory - the ability to project and hence "usually" recall material - are known to science.
The Venerable Mingun Sayadaw U Vicittasarabhivamsa was the first to win the titles Tipitakadhara Dhammabhandagarika (Bearer of the Three Pitakas and Keeper of the Dhamma Treasure).
In 1948, the Government decided to institute the Tipitakadhara Examination. It is an oral and written examination lasting thirty-three days. The candidate is examined in the three Pitakas: Vinaya, Sutta and Abhidhamma. The oral examination in the Vinaya covers five volumes in five books comprising 2260 pages. In the Sutta, the oral examination covers three volumes in the three books comprising 782 pages and in Abhidhamma covers seven volumes in twelve books comprising 4941 pages. The oral examination on these 7983 pages or about 2.4 million words is not a viva voce, a question and answer examination. It is an examination on total recall and faultless reproduction.
The written examination is not only on the Pali Cannon but also on the Commentaries and Subcommentaries. The ten major Commentaries in ten books and the major Subcommentaries in fourteen books cover 17917 pages.
On a January afternoon in 1954, the Venerable U Vicittasarabhivamsa successfully completed the recitation of the Pathika Vagga of the Sutta Pitaka and a Tipitakadhara Dhamma-bhanadagarika was born in Myanmar. ... See MoreSee Less
LARGEST SALE PROMOTION
In Apr 2013, Myanmar Post and Telecommunications (MPT) sold 350,000 SIM cards through a public lottery, with plans to offer additional batches on a monthly basis. Myanmar is home to a population of 62.4 million, but accounted for just 2.9 million mobile users at 31 Dec 2012, equivalent to a penetration rate of 4.6%. Before the promotion, they cost more than US$200. Lucky winners of a lottery-style sale may get one for as little as US$2. Over one million people showed up at the designated outlets – some standing in line for eight hours under sweltering 40 degree heat just for a chance to enter. ... See MoreSee Less
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THE TRAM IS BACK — Electric commuter tramcar line launched on Strand Road - globalnewlightofmyanmar.com/the-tram-is-back-electric-commuter-tramcar-line-launched-on-strand-road/
Myanmar Book Of Records shared Mingalapar's post. ... See MoreSee Less
Myanmar Motion Picture Academy Awards (2014) will be coming soon. The Myanmar Motion Picture Academy Awards are film awards given annually in Myanmar presented to the biggest achievers in the Cinema...
FIRST SHARIA-COMPLIANT LOAN
Irish-owned global telecoms operator Digicel Group has obtained $60m in Sharia-compliant financing for its Myanmar Tower Company (MTC). The loan complied with Islamic rules including a ban on the charging of interest.
In 2013, MTC signed an agreement to build and lease telecommunication towers in Myanmar for Qatar's Ooredoo, which in August began mobile operations. Norway's Telenor Group holds the only other international operating licence in Myanmar. ... See MoreSee Less
TOP FOREIGN HOTEL INVESTOR
Foreign investment into Myanmar’s hotel sector started in 1990. Since then, Singapore has invested $1.47 billion, followed by Vietnam with $440 million and Thailand with $343 million. The top three are followed by Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and the US. The Myanmar Investment Commission has allowed 48 hotels – with a total of 7058 rooms –from foreign companies to open in Myanmar. Foreign investment in these hotels had reached K655 billion by the end of Nov 2015. ... See MoreSee Less
Myanmar Economic Bank, established in 1954, is controlled by Ministry of Finance. It has the largest network of branches across Myanmar with 310 branches and over 8,000 staff members.
The top private bank is Kanbawza Bank with assets of 4,145 billion kyat. It has 180 branches and 11,200 staff. ... See MoreSee Less
LARGEST GAS-FIRED POWER PLANT
Singapore's Sembcorp Industries’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Sembcorp Utilities, has signed a memorandum of agreement with Myanmar’s Department of Electric Power Planning to invest in and develop a 225-megawatt gas-fired power plant in central Myanmar.
The proposed US$300 million facility is set to be the largest gas-fired independent power plant in Myanmar, when completed in 2018 and will supply power to Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise under a 22-year power purchase agreement.
Sembcorp will have an 80 percent stake in the build-operate-transfer project while its partner MMID Utilities will hold the remaining 20 percent. ... See MoreSee Less
FIRST PUBLIC LISTED COMPANIES:
First Myanmar Investment Company, First Private Bank Limited, Great Hor Kham Public, Myanmar Agribusiness Public Corporation, Myanmar Citizens Bank and Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings Public.
These companies are “the best of the best”, Myanmar Securities and Exchange Commission chair U Maung Maung Thein told the media at the opening of Yangon Stock Exchange on 9 Dec.
“We will start with those six. On completion of the formalities they will start trading in February or early March,” he said, adding that he has asked the companies to “sell shares calmly without rushing”. ... See MoreSee Less
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Myanmar Launches Yangon Stock Exchange
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Myanmar unveiled a new stock exchange in its largest city on Wednesday, but there won't be any trading until March at the earliest. Photo: AP