Statue of Bayinnaung in front of the National Museum of Myanmar.
Bayinnaung Kyawhtin Nawrahta was king of the Toungoo dynasty of Burma, what is now known as Myanmar.
During his reign, that lasted 31 years, from 1550-1581, history recognizes him as "the greatest explosion of human energy ever seen in Burma", and thus managed to assemble a great and prosperous Asian empire that included Southeast Burma and now Myanmar, Chinese Shan States, Na Lan, Lan Xang, Minipur, as well as the kingdom Siam, now Thailand.
Toungoo military campaigns (1534–1547)
The Portuguese called this region "Pegu" and considered it the second largest empire after China. Courting Shan State, where today is Myanmar, was what Byinnaung regarded as his greatest legacy.