Ayeyarwady Region

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Ayeyarwady Region (Burmese: ဧရာဝတီတိုင်းဒေသကြီး [ʔèjàwədì táiɰ̃ dèθa̰ dʑí], S'gaw Karen: ထံထၣ်စွ့, Pwo Western Karen: ထံၫထၪကျိၩ့; formerly Ayeyarwady Division and Irrawaddy Division), is a region of Myanmar, occupying the delta region of the Ayeyarwady River (Irrawaddy River). It is bordered by Bago Region to the north, Bago Region and Yangon Region to the east and the Bay of Bengal to the south and west. It is contiguous with the Rakhine State in the northwest.

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Ayeyarwady Region
Myanma transcription(s)
  Burmeseei:rawa.ti tuing: desa. kri:
Flag of Ayeyarwady Region
Official seal of Ayeyarwady Region
Location of Ayeyarwady Region in Myanmar
Location of Ayeyarwady Region in Myanmar
Coordinates: 16°50′N 95°10′E
CountryFlag_of_Myanmar.svg Myanmar
  Chief MinisterTin Maung Win
  CabinetAyeyarwady Region Government
  LegislatureAyeyarwady Region Hluttaw
  JudiciaryAyeyarwady Region High Court
  Total35,140 km2 (13,570 sq mi)
Highest elevation
1,225 m (4,019 ft)
  Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
  EthnicitiesBamar, Rakhine, Indians, Karen
  ReligionsBuddhism 92.1%
Christianity 6.3%
Islam 1.4%
Hinduism 0.1%
Others 0.1%
Time zoneUTC+06:30 (MST)
HDI (2017)0.530[2]
low · 11th

The region lies between approximately latitude 15° 40' and 18° 30' north and between longitude 94° 15' and 96° 15' east. It has an area of 35,140 square kilometres (13,566 sq mi). The estimated 2022 population is more than 6.5 million. According to the 2014 Burmese National Census the population of the Ayeyarwady Region was 6,184,829, making it the second most populous of Burma's states and regions after Yangon Region.

Ayeyarwady Region is flanked by the Rakhine Yoma (Arakan Mountains) range in the west. Large areas have been cleared for paddy cultivation, leading to its preeminent position as the main rice producer in the country, a position it has retained into the 21st century.

It has also a number of lakes. Of the rivers branching out from the mighty Ayeyarwady, Ngawun, Pathein and Toe are famous.

The capital city of Ayeyarwady division is Pathein.

Chaungtha Beach and Ngwesaung Beach are popular resorts for both foreigners and the Burmese. They are in the west of the Ayeyarwady Region, an hour from Pathein city and four hours from Yangon city by road.