Burma on the Web

by ThingsAsian, Aug 25, 2004 | Destinations: Myanmar / Yangon

CIA World Factbook. The CIA Factbook offers up-to-date facts about Burma. For example, Britain conquered Burma over a period of 62 years (1824-1886) and incorporated it into its Indian Empire. Learn the concise history of the country as well as census bureau information and specific geographical data.

The Burma Project. The Burma Project is dedicated to increasing international awareness of conditions in Burma. This organization hopes to initiate support from government and administers in an effort to create grassroots organizations dedicated to the restoration and preservation of fundamental freedoms in the country. This site offers statistics on what the organization has done so far as well as what they plan to do.

Lonely Planet. Since 1988 Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has been under the military rule of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), a militant group. Should you visit Burma or not? This is a question that has been on the minds of travelers for quite some time now. Lonely Planet offers an in-depth look at travel conditions in this country and the pros and cons of going.

Burma Daily. A complete news site for Burma that offers headlines, like 'Many gangs involved in faking stamps', daily. Find stock info, political news, and other current events on the site which is updated frequently.

Free Burma Coalition. In 1988, the people of Burma revolted against the country's military rulers. This uprising brought on a bloody crackdown by the respective regimes in Burma and China. Read about the uprising in Burma and the organization whose plight it is to free the Burmese people. This site offers in-depth interviews with political leaders as well as resources on the history of this imprisoned country.

Burmanet. Complete news site offering many features such as "On the road to Depayin" and speeches by Daw Aung San Suu Ky. This site emphasizes on news that may get overlooked by other, larger news sites.

Burma: Grace Under Pressure. The country has been called a Fascist Disneyland. This photojournalist spent three weeks in the country and documented his stay. The images are enlightening and the audio moving.

Burma Media. The Burma Media Association is an independent organization established by overseas Burmese journalists, reporters, and writers who practice and advocate freedom of expression in Burma. This site offers images, interviews, and news on current events and conditions in Burma as well as information on those who cover it.

Burma Photo Gallery . This site has a plethora of images like the Reclining Buddha at Chaukhtatgyi Paya in Yangon. View images from places like Mandalay and Lashio. All images are high quality and the site is ever-expanding.

Buddhism in Burma. Complete resource on Buddhism in Burma. Highlights include The Chronicle of Buddha Gotama, The Shrines of Burma, and Major Meditation Centers. The site also includes many images and text on the study and appreciation of Buddhism.

Burma Photo Gallery. Complete photo gallery on Burma provided by a professional photographer named Goto Osami, living in Tokyo, Japan. Image sites include Goktiek and Kyaukme, among many others.

Burma Diaries. Diaries include The Bouquet of Life, An Evening with Lu Maw, and other first-hand accounts of travels Burma. There are also live diaries, archives, and many images to see as well as links to tours and other travel opportunities.

Burma Road. A feature from National Geographic magazine. Allied forces endured disease, monsoons, and Japanese attacks to build the infamous 1,100-mile supply line that still winds through three nations. This feature details the making and the endurance of a people, a country, and a road. Read assignment details and personal notes from the reporters out on assignment.

Burma Pages. Travelogues, photos, and essays on travel in Burma. This site also includes links to travel and backpacking info for the modern traveler.

Burmese Contemporary Modern Arts. Contemporary modern arts info and images that are mainly concentrated in Rangoon (Yangon) and Mandalay, the two largest cities. Most of the art works are done in oil or water-colours and the images are of high quality. There are many images to see as well as some background info and links to other resources on Burmese art.

My Burma. An amazing personally run site full of candid shots of Burma and the people who are described as 'exceptionally friendly.' There are shots of prominent leaders and many of Burmese children.

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Research by Christina Gosnell. Have a site you want to add to the list? Email us the Site name, URL, and a description.

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