Myanmar/Burma: General Information

General Information

Burmese flag and anthem
This site shows flag, anthem and genealogy of rulers of Burma.

Embassy of the Union of Myanmar, Washington, DC
This is the official website of the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar in the United States of America. It provides general information and facts of Myanmar, including traveling, economy, constitutions, visa issues and daily news from Myanmar.

Fact about Burma, the U.S Department of State
This is a US Department of State website that provides fact about the country and political and economic situation in Burma.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection: Burma Maps
This is the website of The University of Texas at Austin. It contains various maps of Burma such as country maps, thematic maps, and historical maps.

The World Fact Book, Burma (CIA)
This site provides facts on Burmese geography, people, government, economy, communications and statistic information.

 

Government Institutions

Department of Social Welfare
Policy To assist the vulnerable group so as to reintegrate into the society through social work methods, to encourage the non-governmental organizations to participate in national movement for social development. To commit the recruitment of the human resources that human resources can lift and develop to other resources. Objectives and Responsibilities: to well implement the social welfare activities. to assist the vulnerable groups so as to reintegrate into the society through social work methods to render relief and resettlement services to victims of natural disasters such as earchquakes, storms, floods, and fire disasters to provide the relief activities when fire events and other disasters and to prevent fire events.

Ministry of Border Affairs
See Site link under Ministry affairs for an exact description of Ministry's goals and duties.

Ministry of Commerce
The site requires Mynmar font to be installed to view the text. If you do not see the text, there is a link on the left hand side in the page to download the font.

Ministry of Culture
Website contains all information related to culture in Burma/Myanmar: Department of the arts, archaeology, cultural institute, Yangon University Culture, Mandalay University Culture, National Museum and exhibitions.

Ministry of Electricity and Energy
Site contains comprehensive information regarding Burma/Myanmar renewable and non-renewable energy. The Ministry of Electric Power is responsible for planning and policy making in the electric power section and acts as a secretariat of the ministry.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Website contains information regarding foreign policy, foreign embassies, Burma/Myanmar missions, in addition to a section with various information regarding Burma/Myanmar.

Ministry of Health and Sports
Comprehensive site regarding Burma/Myanmar health care system, health policy, plans, and legislation. Site also includes information on disease control health infrastructure, and an overview of health services in Burma/Myanmar.

Ministry of Hotels and Tourism
This site contains photographs from the different touristic attractions but no information. It is a photo gallery.

Ministry of Industry 
Site offers information regarding industry possibilities for foreign investments in the following areas: textiles, foodstuff, pharmaceutical industry, paper and chemicals, general and maintenance industries, as well as, automobile and diesel industries, agricultural machinery, machine and electrical industries, tire and rubber, as well as industrial construction.

Ministry of Information
Service Responsibilities of Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications To arrange communication services for smooth and easy usage by the general public. To satisfy the communication needs, keeping proper standard and quality. To establish communication centers and routes in accordance with work requirements. To adopt agreements made with international organizations and other countries. To conduct communications related research works and studies. To introduce new and modern services, and take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies. To manufacture communication equipment and materials for domestic network as well as for export.

Ministry of Labour Immigration and Population
Site offers an overview of Burma/Myanmar citizen and immigration laws. It describes in detail the different laws regarding these two areas of government. (In Burmese)

Ministry of Mines
Ministry of Mines is responsible for Formulation of Mining Policy, Exploration and Extraction of Minerals and Gems. Department of Mines is responsible for Mining Policy Formulation, Granting of Mineral Permits and Coordination of Mining Sector.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation
In view of the importance of the Myanmar forestry sector in enhancing national socio-economic development, and ensuring ecological balance and environmental stability, the Myanmar Forest Policy has been formulated in a holistic and balanced manner within the overall context of the environment and sustainable development taking full cognizance of the forestry principles adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment Development (UNCED), 1992. (In Burmese)

Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry
This website provides information regarding five functional departments and six financial institutions.

Ministry of Religious Affairs
The Ministry of Religious Affairs was established and started functioning before the Union of Myanmar regained its Independence. After Independence the Ministry of Religious Affairs created the following divisions and carried out the tasks. Directorate of Religious Affairs Pali University and Dhammacariya Division Pali Education Division International Institute of Advanced Buddhistic Studies Tipitakadhara Selection Committee.

Ministry of Rural Development
Site offers information regarding fisheries, livestock and apiculture (bee pollination) sectors in addition to shark conservation measures as well as Avian influenza awareness and surveillance.

 

Language

Burmese Language, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (Northern Illinois University)
This site provides Burmese language courses and studying materials.

Burmese Romanization (the Library of Congress)
This site provides basic explanation about the Burmese writing system and Romanization of Burmese scripts.

Burmese Writing System, by Omniglot
This site shows alphabetic scripts in the Burmese writing system.

SEAlang Projects
Established in 2005, The SEAlang Library provides language reference materials for Southeast Asia, especially the non-roman script languages used throughout the mainland (Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam).

 

History, Culture and Religion

Art of Southeast Asia
This website contains information about the arts and culture of Southeast Asia especially Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Arts and Culture of Burma (Northern Illinois University)
This site offers information about art history, sculpture and architecture of the ancient Burmese civilization.

Buddhism in Burma
This site provides a collection of research articles about Buddhism in Burma.

Reisenett Historical Maps of Asia
This websites contains historical maps of East, South, and Southeast Asia.

Two Journeys to Keng Tung                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In 1887 a British military officer by the name of G.J. Younghusband was sent on a spying expedition by the head of the Intelligence Branch of the British Indian Army to find a way to reach the city of Keng Tung, Burma by going through Thailand. In 2010, an American linguist named John Hartmann followed the same route to conduct research.     

   

Political and Social Issues

Advocacy for Human Rights, Chin Human Rights Organization
This site provides information about the human rights in Chin state and western part of Burma.

Free Burma Coalition for an Open Society
This site lists activities inside and outside Burma, working to promote peace and a coalition of Burma.

Human Rights Watch
This website contains news, reports, and publications related to human rights in Burma.

International Crisis Group, Myanmar
This site provides online analytical reports and briefings on Myanmar and the world, focusing on situations of conflict.

Mon American Association
This site contains information about situation of education, work and living of the Mon.

Mon News Agency
This website contains writings about Burmese and Mon politic, culture, migration, human rights and environment issues.

 

News

Burma Daily
This website provides both local and international news in English.

Democratic Voice of Burma
This site provides daily news about Burma, in English, Burmese, Arakan, Kachin, Karen, Karenni, and Shan language.

Independent Mon News Agency
This is an independent Mon News Agency, based in Thailand and Burma, founded by youth of Mon ethnic nationality in Southeast Asia.(in English and Burmese)

Mizzima News
It contains Burma-related news and news in Southeast Asia. (in English)

Myanmar News Net
This is a collection of daily news about Burma. (in English)

The Irrawaddy News Magazine Online Edition, Daily News
This is an online news website about Burma and Southeast Asia. (in English and Burmese)

The Myanmar Times
This is weekly reviews about Burma. (in English and Burmese)

 

Radio

ABC Radio Australia
This is an online radio of the Australia Broadcasting Corporation, a special program in Burmese language.

BBC-Burmese
This is a BBC news special broadcasting about Burma.

Radio Free Asia
This is a radio program broadcasted from America two times per day in Burmese language.

Voice of America
This is a radio program in Burmese language, broadcasted from America.

 

Research Institutions

ARI-Asia Research Institute (National University of Singapore)
This site provides a wide range of research topic about Southeast Asia, including Burma.

Asian Development Bank (ADB), Myanmar
This website contains reports and information of development projects of the Asian Development Bank in Myanmar.

Association of Southeast Asia Nation (ASEAN)
This websites contains information about Burmese government activities with other ASEAN countries and region.

Center for Burmese Studies (Northern Illinois University)
This is a website of the Center for Burmese Studies that collects and preserves information and artifacts of all kinds concerning the study of the peoples and cultures of Burma.

Center for Southeast Asian Studies (Northern Illinois University)
This site contains a monograph series, a language text series, and two journals: Crossroads, an Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, and the Journal of Burma Studies.

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Southeast Asia 
CSIS is an organization that provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. This website provides information regarding programs of CSIS in Southeast Asia, interviews, publications, events, and news.

East West Center
This website provides online research papers and publications related to Asia-Pacific region (including Burma) and the United States. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and EAST Asia (ERIA)
ERIA is an international organization that supports the ASEAN Secretariat by making policy recommendations at regional governmental meetings. This website contains the information about the latest news, activities, research and publications.

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
This site contains some research articles and working papers about Burma and other Southeast Asia countries. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

International Institute of Asian Studies-IIAS, Netherlands
This site contains a free newsletter about Burma and other country in Asia.

International Monetary Fund, in Burma
This site provides online working papers and reports of the IMF in Burma.

National Library of Australia, Burmese Materials
This site provides a list of reference books and articles about Burma.

Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong
This is a website of Center University of Hong Kong. It contains information about seminars and courses of studies about East and Southeast Studies. It provides free-download publications and working papers related to Burma and countries in Asia and other related topic for Southeast Asian studies.

The World Bank, Burmese Data
This site provides information and some research reports about Burma.

United Nations in Myanmar
This is a UN website studying about Burma.

USAID in Burma
This website provides information regarding programs of USAID in Burma. The programs focus on governing justly and democratically, improving health system and education quality, and giving humanitarian assistance to Burmese migrants in Thailand.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
This site provides online research articles about socio-political issues of Burma and other countries in the world. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

 

Travel Information

Lonely Planet, Burma
The information of tourist attractions and traveling guides in Burma can be found in this site.

Travel Blog 
This site provides some basic information for traveling in Burma.

Traveling and cultural information about Burma
This site contains information about culture, people and places of Burma.

 

Miscellaneous

Burma WWW Virtual Library
This is the internet guide to Burma online resources of the World-Wide Web Virtual Library.

National Bureau of Asian Research
The National Bureau of Asian Research is committed to advanced independent research on issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia.

Southeast Asia Women Studies Bibliography
This website provides reference documents related to research on women studies in Southeast Asia, compiled by the University of California at Berkeley.