The history of Myanmar begins with the Pyu and Mon civilizations. Myanmar was born from these two majority nations. Bagan was the first kingdom of Myanmar, founded in 849. In 1044, King Anawrahta conquered the kingdom of Mon and introduced Buddhism and the Burmese alphabet. There were many fights (invasion of Mongols, Shan, etc) and displacement of people in the kingdom from the 12th century to the 18th century. 

In the late part of the 18th century, a Burmese leader named Alaungpaya founded the capital of Myanmar and called it Yangon (literally means “conquered all”).

In the 19th century, the power of the Burmese Kings was stripped by the British, who ruled until 1948 when the nation become independent as the Union of Burma. Today, the country is officially known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. For many years there were basically 14 provinces (7 States and 7 Divisions) but since 2010 the country has been divided into 21 administrative subdivisions. 

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For years now, we have been involved in community projects, starting with the construction of a public library available to all children of Bagan, Our activities have grown over the years and we will continue to offer our time and resources to help those most in need in our country.

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