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Telenor Myanmar achieved the Guinness World Record with 3,466 people, in Magway on 12 February 2018. All participants wore blue and remained in the formation of Myanmar at an event organised by Pastel Communications. Read More »

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World’s Tallest Standing Buddha

The Ley Kyun Satkya (‘Satkya Muni Buddha of four cardinal lands’) in Khatakan Taung village close to Monywa, has 33 storeys, each storey is 12 feet high up to the 10th level. From the 11th level to the 33rd level, each storey is 13 feet high. The statue reached 424 feet on the hill of 1150 feet above sea level. Construction was ... Read More »

World’s Fastest Mobile Penetration Growth

Mobile penetration in Myanmar rose from less than 10 percent in 2013 to more than 90 percent in 2016. It is likely to cross 100 percent penetration rate – one phone per person – by 2017. In 2014, there was basic voice and mostly 2G data. SIM cards were priced at $100-200 when purchased in the black market. Within a span ... Read More »

World’s Best Memory For Published Texts

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 ... Read More »

World’s Most Precarious Pagoda

Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock, is small 7.3m pagoda said to have been built more than 2,400 years ago. It sits on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of Buddha’s hair. The balancing rock seems to defy ... Read More »

World’s Longest Wooden Bridge

The U Bein Bridge was built in the 1850s with reclaimed teak from a royal palace in Inwa. The bridge spans Lake Taungthaman in a curve for three quarters of a mile. As the world’s longest wooden bridge, it is also one of the country’s most photographed places. During the day it remains a bustling walkway for locals getting to ... Read More »

World’s largest reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha of Monywa was built in 1991. It is hollow and people can walk inside its 300-foot length and view 9,000 small images of the Buddha and his disciples. A reclining Buddha signifies the Buddha’s parinirvana — his death and entry into nirvana. Read More »

World’s largest ruby

A ruby weighing 21,450 carats and measuring about 5 inches by 7 inches, was found in the gem mining area of Mogok, 435 miles north of Yangon in 1996. The stone remains uncut and is placed in the Myanma Gems Museum in Yangon. Read More »

World’s oldest elephant in captivity

The oldest elephant ever was Lin Wang of Myanmar who died on 26 Feb 2003 aged 86, at Taipei Zoo, Taiwan. The average age of an Asian elephant is 60 years. Grandpa Lin, as he became known, carried supplies through the jungles of Myanmar for the Japanese army, during World War II. The elephant was 26 years old when he ... Read More »

World’s heaviest book

The 1,460 stone pages, 150 x 110 cm (5 x 3.5 ft) each, contain the entire Pāli Canon of Theravada Buddhist scriptures, the Tripiṭaka. Placed on display at the Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar, the entire collection is known simply as ‘the world’s largest book’. Read More »

World’s longest human necks

The maximum known extension of a human neck is 40 cm (15.75 in) and was created by the successive fitting of copper coils, as practised by the women of the Padaung or Kareni tribe of Myanmar as a sign of beauty.  Read More »

World’s most extensive exams

The Tipitakadhara Tipitakakovida Selection Examination is the most extensive and difficult. Buddhist monks sitting for the Tipitakadhara are examined for 33 days. They have to meet both oral and written portions as prescribed. From 1949 to 2004, over ten thousand Buddhist monks sat for the exams and only 11 Sasana Azanis (Religious Heroes) emerged during the 56 years. The entire exam is spread over five ... Read More »

World’s largest functioning bell

The 101.4-ton Mingun bronze bell is built by King Bodawpaya near the Mingun Cedi at Mingun. The external diameter of the mouth is 16 feet 3 inches. The height of the inside of the bell is 11 feet 6 inches and the external height is 12 feet. The thickness of the bell varies between 6 inches and 12 inches. It is ... Read More »

World’s largest tiger protection reserve

Hukawng Valley Tiger Reserve is a wildlife reserve located near Tanai in Myitkyina District of Kachin State, Myanmar. It covers 21,890 km². The government has also designated 6500 km² of the valley as the protected forest reserve. Read More »