Is Myanmar worth going to?

To the average traveler, besides the abundant jade, no matter what the perspective, compared with other popular destinations in Southeast Asia, this “old neighbor” in Indochina is not particularly outstanding.

Speaking of exquisite religious and historical buildings, the first thing people think of is Angkor Wat in Cambodia. To experience the slow pace of pastoral life, Daddy is not inferior to Burma; but it is hard to find in Myanmar.

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Similar to the fate of most ancient countries, Burma experienced many hardships during the long period of more than 5,000 years: tribal campaigns, Mongolian invasions, and British colonization. . . During the “World War II” period, Burma, as the main battlefield of the coalition forces and the Japanese army, the basic infrastructure of the entire country was basically destroyed. Under the ruthless corruption of the military government, Burma was not only awash in drugs but also lost democracy. It was one of the poorest countries in the world; in the second half of the 20th century, large areas of the country became battlefields, and the ethnic minority’s army opposed the Central Government of Myanmar for autonomy and independence.

Since the parliamentary election in 2010, democratic reforms have gradually advanced and Myanmar’s freshmen have ushered in hopes: The release of political prisoners in custody and publication review have also been relaxed – but the armed conflicts in minority nationalities have not yet ceased, the country’s economic development Did not see improvement. In the presidential election in March 2016, Htin Kyaw, who was a non-military background member, was elected and ended the rule of military government in Myanmar for more than half a century.

It seems that everything is moving in the right direction.

 

Perhaps the so-called “backwards” is the most irresistible attraction, guiding the traveler from different cultural backgrounds to find out. The Westerners came here to find out about the romance that the East has slowly passed away. The more and more Chinese travelers are gradually fleeing from the hot Southeast Asia travel countries, and they will explore the direction deep into Burma, looking for a full speed. Lost, once-in-a-life, slow and honest time in the process of urbanization.

 

Inevitably, in Myanmar, various old times are fading and disintegrating in the process of national opening and international integration. After a long and closed period, Myanmar is rapidly developing.

Big Chinese cities can see huge advertising posters for Chinese mobile phone brands everywhere; the scenic girl selling postcards will chase you while using standard Chinese to say “big brother buys a bit” and “older sister is beautiful”; taxi drivers also start to Good service for the growing number of Chinese tourists and learning Chinese hard; luxury hotels spring up like mushrooms, whether in big cities or holiday beaches. . .

 

Of course, the travel restrictions still exist. Visitors can stay in Myanmar for several weeks, but the vast majority of visitors to Burma will cross the country’s central area and visit roughly the same towns and attractions along the same route.

Want to find new ways to explore the places where tourists rarely go? I am afraid it is still impossible. Some parts of the country are still not open to tourists. Some areas are required to submit applications and obtain approval before entering. If you do not want to find trouble, please also comply with the relevant regulations.

 

In addition, do not expect to stay at the property to learn about local life. According to Myanmar law, foreigners cannot normally live in private houses in Myanmar and can only stay in hotels. If a person who has not been approved by the Myanmar government to be reported is to be reported, he will be sued for breaching the visa provisions of the immigration law, and if he is deported, he may be jailed. Even if it is approved by the Immigration Bureau to enter the house, you must go to the Immigration Bureau to report. Otherwise, you will be legally investigated.

Will these restrictions make you nervous? The most effective way to ease tension is to look at the locals’ smiles. People wear yellow thanaka (Burmese cosmetics and sunscreen extracted from the bark) on their faces to prevent afternoon sun exposure and inadvertently make your smile more memorable. Sincere and honest smile, you do not believe that they have experienced the suffering – everyone is in danger? Cruel rule? Is it really there?

 

As a traveler, leave aside the heavy historical and political issues (the locals are not necessarily willing to talk to you), do not go to areas where foreign tourists are strictly forbidden, follow the prescribed actions to visit the following destinations, and fall in love with this piece. Land is not a difficult thing.

There are many scenes worth remembering here – silhouettes of sentient beings on the teak bridge at sunrise, glittering Yangon Shwedagon Pagodas under the clear sky, and the gondolier of the vast Inle Lake on the vastness of the sunset. . . All the goodness is superimposed together with a smile that can be seen everywhere, enough to make your visit to Myanmar a worthwhile trip.

Bagan

We put Bagan in the first place because Bagan is the most ideal and most impressive travel destination in all cities in Myanmar. The ancient capital of the Irrawaddy River on the heat-swept plains in the central part of the country not only has breathtaking religious and historical buildings and a fascinating plain landscape, but unlike other destinations in Myanmar, the rainy season in Bagan will not be ferocious. It is prohibitive and travelers can easily explore this ancient city throughout the year.

 

It is the heart of the Burmese empire’s first capital, ancient Burma. “The place of the finger, the end of the stupa” – Bagan, with more than 2,000 temples and shrines, is known as “the city of temples”. Most of the existing remains were built by ancient kings between the 11th and 13th century AD of. The brick-built pagoda temples are grand and majestic. The murals and sculptures that remain in the temples are beautiful and vivid. Even if they have experienced time, earthquakes and storms, they still exude a holy and mysterious history.

 

Today, the sun still rises and falls in the ancient temples and pagodas. The pagoda is the center of spiritual life in Myanmar. The daily life of the local people can not be separated from the pagoda to visit Buddhist relics, meditate, alms, offerings, or participate in religious festivals. People acquire spiritual strength and knowledge in the pagodas and temples, and cultivate wisdom and peace from the indoctrination of Buddhist scriptures.

 

According to official sources, the once ancient capital is now called the Bagan Archaeological Zone. For the traveler, there is no question. The activities here will basically be performed around the pagoda and the temple. Will you be bored? of course not. The buildings here are beautifully designed and unique. You can travel from one temple to another, from one pagoda to another, for a visual, spiritual and historical journey.

 

There are many things to consider before starting the “Brush Tower Tour” formally. For example, you need to pick out which of the hundreds of temples you want to go to, and then plan the route and decide which tower to visit first. . . . Don’t forget to take a look at the sunrise and sunset on the trip. After all, it is the best moment to overlook the plains.

In any case, in Bagan, don’t miss the following stupa, even if it is only two days.

 

Ananda Temple Ananda Temple

The early construction completed by King Kyansittha and built in 1091 is the most complete and beautiful temple in Bagan, and is also known as the first stupa in Bagan. It was damaged in the 1975 earthquake but it has been successfully repaired.

 

In the four directions of the tower, there is a standing Golden Buddha about ten meters high. Each posture is different and represents different meanings. At night, the lights illuminate the top of the golden stupa, golden light, can be seen far, is also considered to be the sign of Bagan.

 

Dhammayangyi Temple

 

The brick pagoda built by King Narathu (1163-1165) represents the most magnificent pagoda in Bagan. The entire structure was built to imitate Ananda Temple, but because the king was assassinated before it was completed, the top of the tower has not yet been completed and the locals call it the Doom Tower.

At the time of construction, the requirements were extremely high. If the gap between the bricks was too large, the workers would be cut off and the instruments of torture still remain in the temple. Therefore, in the 1975 earthquake, other stupas suffered various degrees of damage, while the Dhamyanki Temple was unscathed.

 

Thatbyinnyu Temple

 

As the “Dabbinin Temple” expressed in Burmese, the 61-meter-tall building was named after the Buddha’s “All-knowing and Almighty” and was built by King Alaungsithu in the 12th century. It is the highest temple in Bagan and also a temple in Pu Gan was one of the earliest buildings in the middle class building, and it was called “Pagoda Twin Towers” with Ananda Temple.

 

Sulamani Temple

 

This temple, known as the Treasure of the Crown, is famous for the large number of frescoes retained in the tower. Protected by UNESCO, it can still be seen in bright colors. Some people call it Bagan’s most beautiful stupa, and it is the only temple that allows free shooting of murals.

The murals of the entire cloister tell the origins of Buddhism, how it was introduced to Burma, how it was accepted and evolved by people, and also the Buddhist sacrificial activities such as dragon boating. The pagoda is a square, two-story building with small towers on each corner and porches in all four directions. The largest oriental porch has half-relief Buddha statues and thresholds on each door.

 

Shwezigon Pagoda

 

This golden stupa is the oldest temple in Bagan, and is the only stone-built building in Bagan. It is considered as the most important holy place in Bagan, along with the Shwedagon Pagoda. The pagoda was built after the two kings Anawrahta (1044-1077) and Kyansittha (1084-1113). It was the founding pagoda of the Bagan dynasty, the source of Burmese pagodas and a typical representative of early buildings.

On each side of the pagoda’s three-story platform there is a small square-shaped temple that houses the small copper buddha. The Buddha’s relics and Buddha’s front ornaments from India are enshrined in the tower and are therefore very famous among believers. After sunset, the pagoda will be lit, so visitors arriving at night or in the early morning will see it at first glance.

 

Gawdawpalin Temple

 

The grand and magnificent Temple of Getopinglin was built by the king Narapatisithu in the 11th century and belongs to the late Bagan buildings.

It is said that the king was too arrogant to claim that his achievements far exceeded the ancestors of the generations. As a result, he became a blind man. Later, he was given advice from an Indian monk, who had molded the portrait of the ancestors to repent and repent, and afterwards the eyes were better. So the king built the pagoda where the ceremony was held. The pagoda was severely damaged during the 1975 earthquake. Repair of it is the most extensive project.

 

Shwesandaw Pagoda

 

The tower was built by the founding king Anawrathta and was transliterated by the Chinese traveler as “Xu Sanduo.” In fact, the name of the stupa originally meant “Golden Divine Relic” because the stupa was mainly dedicated to the Buddha’s fat relic.

The entire pagoda is pyramid-shaped upwards. The base has four squares and five floors. On the fifth floor is a huge platform. The white pagoda above it begins to be shaped like a bell. The large platform on the fifth floor was the best place for tourists to watch the sunrise and sunset, but now the pagoda has forbidden climbing.

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About Denta
Denta was once the most loved way for travelers to overlook the plains of Bagan. Standing on a high platform
You can see not only the pagodas in the distance, but also the hot air balloons that rise from the pagodas at sunrise.
Background, you can easily shoot fantasy large.

Unfortunately, now Bagan Archaeological Zone has completely banned the pagoda activities and it has been resorted to tourists.
For security reasons, the second is to avoid further damage to the pagoda and hope that travelers can comply with the relevant
Provisions.

If you want to ascend, there are two packed hillpacks to choose from.
select. They are located on the south side of the Sulamani Temple and on the northeast side of the Tabei Mok Temple.

 

Tourists who are willing to explore the history of the old Bagan can also visit the Bagan Archaeological Museum. While learning about the evolution of the Buddha statues in Bagan, they can also see the items used during the Bagan period, the hairstyles of the old palace women, and the various The inscriptions engraved by the script include a Zhongwei inscription, which is presumed to have flowed into the Yuan Dynasty.

 

If you have a budget, consider taking a hot-air balloon and admire the spires and lookouts that stand on the plains, as well as old buildings and ruins, from different angles for an amazing hour. The best time to take a hot air balloon is before sunrise or before sunset. After the landing, there is usually a ceremonial sighing champagne ceremony. Enjoy the champagne bubbles just like the good memories in the sky.

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About drones

The law enforcement agencies in Myanmar have strict control over the entry and use of drones. Recently, there have been a number of cases in which foreigners and Burmese citizens have been punished by police for flying drones near temples or government departments. Comply with the Myanmar regulations and avoid the loss and serious consequences of unauthorized carrying and use of drones.

Since most of them are dirt roads, the most flexible and convenient way to travel between pagodas is to ride a bicycle/electric car. Riding itself is a wonderful experience. You can freely explore the path between the scenic countryside and ancient temples.

 

Of course, if you want to hike, there is also a good way to exercise. Trekkers tend to choose Mount Popa as a destination for exploration. The locals believe that this extinct volcano is home to 37 intrepid deities. It takes at least half an hour to reach the temple.

 

Inle Lake

If Bagan’s keyword is “Fouta”, then as its name suggests, the biggest highlight of Inle Lake is the “lake” and the high-pitched villages that are symbiotic with the lake.

 

Inle Lake is the second largest natural lake in Myanmar. It is located in the middle of Nyaungshwe Valley. It is 22 kilometers long and 11 kilometers wide. It extends from north to south. Unlike the other three major tourist destinations in Myanmar, Inle Lake is a large area, but it does not have many attractions. However, this does not prevent it from becoming a relatively rare and popular hot spot in Myanmar – where you can admire the different aspects of Myanmar: the misty lake landscape and the picturesque countryside.

What needs to be explained is that this lake does not actually have a “lakeside line” and don’t think of trying to enjoy the scenery on the “lake road”. The shoals of irregular waters on the edge of the lake are swamps and rice fields. The lush wind hyacinths sway with the wind. When you are wondering when the waters will come to an end, the foot is a solid land.

 

Compared with the quiet lake scenery, the more attractive is the local people raised by the lake. They take water from the lake for cooking, bathing, and living. It seems that everyone is a natural master of sailing—a leg stands steadily on the stern, and the other leg shakes and rowings, easily passing through the reeds, drifting towards the mirror General lake heart.

The fisherman will prepare the cone-shaped grid and ready to fish or perform for the tourists who focus on the camera lens. The farmers are busy plying between the rice and transplanting seedlings in the water garden created by their ancestors in their hard life. The craftsmen use this piece of lotus stalk fiber grown on the lake to prepare unique souvenirs for visitors with sufficient nets.

 

There are 17 villages on the shore of the lake and on the island in the lake. Just like in other places in Myanmar, these people living in the high-pit houses are mostly devout Buddhists, which is why you can see the pagoda everywhere in this area. The reason for the temple.

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Inlay Lake Faces Ecological Problems

In recent years, the forests on the surrounding hillsides have been heavily felled, resulting in soil erosion and increased sediments on the lakebed. The tourism industry has experienced explosive growth. As a result, many hotels have been added to Inle Lake and surrounding areas, causing sewage. problem. At the same time, the increase in the number of tourists requires more motorboats to serve. Inevitably, more fuel leaks into the water; while the area of water gardens on the lake is increasing, the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers will also contaminate water sources. It not only damages the lake fish but also has a harmful effect on human health.

There are already many non-profit organizations that are seeking ways to manage the environment. The ecological environment of Inle Lake is not optimistic. Travelers can also minimize their impact on the local environment by regulating their own behavior.

At first glance, nothing seems to be done at Inle Lake. As a relaxing and relaxing holiday destination, you can spend a lot of time watching the lake, relaxing and trekking.

 

If you want to learn more about some of the local culture and customs, you may wish to explore around. Although almost every city in Myanmar will do the same thing, it is indispensable to visit pagodas and temples. In addition, sightseeing activities around the lake, including boat trips, are also experiences that all visitors will not miss. Hiking and cycling are also popular activities in the area. Apart from being able to plunge into the vast rural landscape, you can also visit local villages, go to wineries, or make a hot spring.

 

Jet Ski Travel

There is an unwritten rule that every visitor to Inle Lake must experience at least one motorboat trip.

 

The so-called “motorboat” is not an advanced means of transportation, but a wooden canoe with a huge engine at the end. These motorboats will take tourists to attractions like the Peng Duo Stupa and Jumping Cat Temple in southern Inle, as well as floating gardens and various handicraft workshops.

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Handicraft workshop

In addition to large fishing and farming in water gardens, the handicraft industry is an important aspect of the wealth of the local people, such as silk fabrics, lotus fabrics, silverware, cigars and wooden handicrafts.

These handicraft workshops are scattered in different water villages and are usually operated in the form of families. Travelers can visit these workshops on motorboat day trips to learn about local handicraft production methods and pick up favorite products as souvenirs. Home (although expensive).

Cruises can be arranged at every hotel and hotel on the shores of Nishui Town and Inle Lake where tourists gather, but the charges for high-end hotels are naturally higher. Listed below are some of the important attractions on the motor boat sightseeing route. You can plan your trip according to your own time.

 

Phaungdawoo Paya

 

Peng Duo Oo Pagoda is one of the most famous holy places in Burma, and it is also one of the three major towers in Burma. The corridor leading to the pagoda has many stalls selling handicrafts. There are five small Buddha statues in the pagoda. Their original form has long been blurred by the pilgrims with gold foil.

At the time of the full moon in September, there will be a grand festival. The elaborately crafted royal barge is magnificent and carries a statue of Buddha in the lake.

 

Water garden

 

The water garden is the unique landscape of Inle Lake and an important source of food for the local people. The foundation of the water garden is entangled with water hyacinths, weeds, and reeds that gather at the edge of the lake, followed by the soil layer, and finally the topsoil. Farmers planted flowers and vegetables on floating lands, and tomatoes, pumpkins, and other plants grew on rows of strips of fertile land.

Daily mornings and evenings are the time when the farmers are most busy, and it is also a good time to see how they can skillfully ride ships to care for the crops in the rattan racks.

 

Nga Phe Kyaung

 

Naipur brothel is the largest and oldest brothel in the Inle Lake area. This beautiful wooden structure standing on the lake was built at the end of the 1850s. The brothel houses Dai, Tibetan and Ava-style Buddha statues. .

 

For travelers, the alias of Naipo’s brothel is even more attractive – “Cat Jumping Temple”. This name comes from several cats living near the brothel. The monks once trained them to skip the ring, so if you circle your arms, the cat jumps in with a good mood.

 

Indein

Innsun is a must-visit stop for travellers to Inle Lake. The village deep in the waterways is famous for the ancient pagodas and Nyaung Ohak is one of them. More precisely, the Leo’s Orient Pagoda is a group of pagodas found behind the village.

 

Although many of these ancient pagodas have collapsed due to years of devastation, they can still see complex and elaborate architectural details such as ornate carvings and mythical animal sculptures.

 

Not far from the beautiful O’Hara Towers, the promenade along the sides, which are covered by vendors, goes straight up to the top of the hill. It is a building complex with more than 1,000 stupas—Reindon Buddha. The Shwe Inn Then Paya, these stupas built with local sandstone bricks, have a rich Dai style, mostly built in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Five days market

Every day in the Inle Lake area, the market can be visited (except for the full moon day), but the location is not fixed. It is held in five villages in turn, and specific locations can be consulted at the hotel’s front desk. With more and more travelers joining, the market that was originally only for the convenience of the local residents has become a grand activity in tourism.

In the food area, mouth-watering cuisine is placed in a perfect style, stimulating the taste buds of people; bright bamboo baskets are bright and fragrant flowers, women wearing local costumes behind the bamboo basket smile; smell at the corners Suddenly, you don’t need to look at it, you already know that you have come to the river area. . . If you are tired, you can also choose a coffee shop to sit and relax.

For those who do not want to hear motor boat noise, canoe trips are a good choice. Although it is difficult to go for sightseeing in the distance with a canoe, it is also fun to slowly walk through the village and observe the quiet surroundings peacefully.

 

Hiking is another popular activity near Inle Lake. The most popular trekking route is from Inle Lake to Kalaw, and it is also possible to arrange the trip in reverse. You can contact the outdoor travel agency on Niangshui Town to arrange your itinerary.

Most travelers do not know that hot springs can be found in Inle Lake, but if you choose to ride along the northern half of the lake, you may experience the unique Inle Hot Springs. From Niangshui Town, we ride west to the end of the mouth and head south. It takes about an hour or so to see this hot spring center. It is important to take a bumpy road and be mentally prepared.

 

Starting from Niangshui Town, you can walk southeast for about 20 minutes. You can continue eastwards uphill from the marked Qikou. This is the Rea Mountain Estate where you can enjoy wine and watch the sunset. You will be full of tourists every evening. , remember to choose a good location for viewing in the past.

 

Mandalay

BY the old Moulmein Pagoda,lookin’lazy at the sea,

There’s a Burma girl a-settin’,and i know she thinks o’me;

For the wind is in the palm trees,and the temple -bells they say:

“Come you back,you British soldier;come you back to Mandalay!”

——Rudyard Kipling

 

The first British Nobel Prize-winning artist, Kipling, in his poem “Road to Mandalay” (published in 1892) describes romantic imaginations of the city, but also countless others have never been seen before. Westerners in Mandalay have a nightmare on the exotic sentiments among the poems.

And when you stand on the crowded, uncharted street in Mandalay with expectant expectation, there will inevitably be some disappointment: Posters, flying dust, dead concrete buildings everywhere – this city itself is not even more her name. Beautiful and romantic.

 

Located on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay was completed in 1857 and is the second largest city in Myanmar. It is also the last monarchy and independent kingdom in Myanmar. The Royal Palace of the Kangbao Dynasty was established here. During the reign of the Kangbao dynasty, Mandalay witnessed the glory of Myanmar’s golden age. After the outbreak of the Second World War, the city was greatly damaged. The palace was destroyed by the fire. Although it was rebuilt afterwards, the posture in the bones was greatly lost.

Today, Mandalay is still the cultural center of Myanmar. As an exemplar of the country’s religious culture, many “heavyweight” Buddhist temples are scattered among streets and alleys, quietly reminding people that the Burmese kingdom is still in power. Mandalay Hill is a must visit for every visitor. Whether overlooking the city or waiting for the sunset, this is a great place.

 

In addition to calming down to find spiritual power in a disorderly city, it is also a good way to get close to local history and culture by seeing a traditional puppet show. In the past, Burmese puppet show was used for art, education and entertainment. Its contents were mostly based on myths and legends and Buddhist stories. The puppet show played with local instruments such as the Fengshou Temple was very unique.

If you have more time, you can leave the city center and explore more exciting surrounding areas. Sites that are dotted with historical monuments include Inwa, which was once the capital of the Kingdom, Amarapura, famous for the U Bein Bridge, and stupas all over the area, as well as “Little Bagan”. Sagaing and so on.

Due to the inconvenience of public transportation, most travelers arrange private tours of downtown Mandalay on a one-day or two-day or two-day tour in the form of chartered buses. The hotel front desk can arrange trips. The main highlights of the route are as follows:

 

Mandalay Hill

In Mandalay, almost every visitor will come to Mandalay’s 236-meter-high hilltop. This is Mandalay’s landmark and a natural observation tower that overlooks the city. Visitors usually come here to enjoy the fascinating sunrise or sunset. It is said that over 2,000 years ago, the Buddha had come to this mountain to proclaim the Dharma and predicted that a great city would be built at the foot of the mountain.

 

You can choose to hike up the mountain or let the driver drive straight to the hillside, then take the elevator to the top of the mountain. What needs to be reminded is that hiking on the mountain requires taking off your shoes and climbing all the steps barefoot.

 

Mandalay palace

 

The vast Mandalay Palace is located in the center of the city, surrounded by a wide moat and walls. It was once the palace of the last dynasty of Myanmar. It was built by King Mindong. When he decided to move the capital from Amarapura to Mandalay, he used astronomical calculations and divination to select the place where he was built. Royal Palace. Unfortunately, these measures did not play a blessing role. During World War II, the entire palace complex was destroyed by the fire.

The palaces that people see today are rebuilt by the Burmese government on the basis of historical data in 1989. There are not many historical displays and furnishings that can be visited in the empty palace. In addition to the main palace part of the entire palace, the rest of the area is used as the military camp of the Burmese government. Therefore, it is important not to walk around and not to photograph the soldiers.

 

Sandamuni Paya

 

Shandamuni Temple is one of the most attractive temples in the city and was built in 1866 by King Mindong to commemorate his murdered brother. Passing through the gates and promenades are the magnificent golden pagodas with golden buddha statues and a number of white pagodas. Each tower has golden bells. When the breeze passes by, it will ring a long, crisp bell.

 

Kuthodaw Paya

 

Built in 1857, the Buddha’s Pagoda in Gudu was referred to by the Burmese as “the world’s largest pagoda of merit,” and when it was completed, the king of Mindong called and concentrated 2,400 monks from all over the southern peninsula to complete the Fifth Buddhist revision conference. . The revised Buddhist scriptures were engraved on the 729 stone tablets around the pagoda in Bally writings. Later generations built a small white pagoda outside the stone tablets. These books are full-scale and full-scale, and are therefore hailed as “the world’s largest book.”

 

Shwenandaw

 

The golden palace brothel located just south of the Geduth Taoist Pagoda is not only one of the representatives of traditional Burmese temples, but also part of the old Royal Palace of Mandalay. This brothel was once the palace of King Mindong. After his death, the new king moved his palace from the palace and moved to its current position. The teak building is exquisite and gorgeous, and the carvings are beautiful. The interior walls and roofs are painted with gold wall paint. Therefore, there is the title of “Golden Palace”.

 

Kyauktawgyi Paya

 

Located at the south entrance of Mandalay Hill, the Nuptuous Stupa was built in 1853. Its name means “marble statue”. It houses a Buddha carved from a piece of marble weighing 800 tons. It is said that in order to ship this stone back from the Irrawaddy, it took a total of 13 days and used more than 10,000 workers.

 

Mahamuni Pagoda

 

Another pilgrimage site in Mandalay, 3 km south of the city centre. The pagoda is famous for its bronze statue of a four-meter-tall bronze Buddha who was said to have been lighted by the Buddha. Because there are many believers every day who touch the Buddha’s statue for gold, the Buddha’s body is now a vomiting gold nugget. However, such “gold paste” is limited to men and women are forbidden. Around 4 o’clock in the morning every morning, the ceremony of washing the Buddha will attract many tourists.

 

Amarapura

Before the Mandalay Mindong kings capital, the ancient city of Amarapura, about 11 kilometers south of Mandalay City, was once the capital of Burma (1783 – 1821, 1829 – 1857). The Qiandu Project has basically demolished the entire city of Amarapura, but many stupas and temples can still be found today. The most famous area in this area is the Mahagandayone. This brothel is the most important Buddhist institute in Myanmar. The number of monks who have long practiced here has reached more than a thousand.

 

In order to see the famous “Thousand-people pilgrims” scene, travelers who flocked to come with photographic equipment every day. Although shooting is prohibited during dining (nominable No Photo appears around the cafeteria), there are still a large number of travelers who ignore warnings and shoot brazenly. What’s more, they even put their cameras on the faces of the deaf people. The battle is scary. Although this situation may lead people to see too much and still dine calmly, it is a strange behavior to watch others eat. If you must go to the Mahaundangyan Bros. onlookers, please stand on the steps, respect the habits of the deaf, and maintain order.

 

Another famous sight in the ancient city of Amarapura is the U Bein Bridge built in 1856 across Taungthaman Lake. With a total length of 1200 meters, the bridge is the longest teak bridge in the world and it can still be used normally after years. The Burmese people believe that lovers can pray with all their sincerity and can achieve the harmony and mutual respect required in the “Six Spirits”, and love can be even longer.

 

For tourists, visiting U Bein Bridge to see the sunset is a must-visit experience in Mandalay. In the evening it is possible to raft on the river and watch the sunset shine on the Millennium Bridge, peaceful and peaceful. However, with the increasing number of travelers in recent years, dense crowds and buses have seriously affected this experience.

 

Inwa

 

Inva ancient city once existed as a capital city for 4 centuries. This small green island 35 kilometers south of Mandalay city is more like a treasure that has been closed for years. It brings tourists who come here first. Into the history of dust. The wreckage between the farmland scattered on the island is not amazing, but it is enough for vicissitudes, suitable for slow down and visit everywhere.

The highlights of the ancient city include the Nanmyint Watching Tower, which can’t be climbed upright, the majestic Maha Aungmye Bonzan, and the exquisite brothy temple built by 267 teak trees. (Bagaya).

 

As it is surrounded by water, it takes a ferry to the ancient town of Inwa. After landing ashore, most travelers will choose to take a carriage ride or choose to ride a bicycle or a motorcycle. The entire Inverness City is very scattered, with a wide range and bad roads. Hiking is not recommended.

 

Sagaing

 

Sagaing is also an ancient capital, located 21 kilometers southwest of downtown Mandalay, on the West Bank of the Irrawaddy River. From 1760 to 1764, the Dai kingdom was built here, and the entire city was built on the hills of Shishou. The mountain was dotted with pagodas. Compared with Mandalay, it is a lot quieter and more favored by monks. It is said that there are more than 500 pagodas and temples here, and about 6,000 monks practice here.

 

The Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, located on the top of the mountain, was built in the 14th century and is said to contain the relics of two Buddha teeth. The podium’s large platform is a great place to see the entire area. The other stupa worth visiting is Kaungmudaw in the west of Sagaing. The stupa was built in 1936 to commemorate the fact that Saga was again the capital of the Invar dynasty. The top of the golden round tower, also known as the “tower.”

 

Mingun

The ancient city of Mingun is even closer to the city of Mandalay, only 11 kilometers above the Irrawaddy River. The ancient city was built by the sixth emperor of the Gongbang dynasty, Podolpaye, in order to publicize his great achievements. Like going to Invar, it is possible to go to the ancient city of Mingun by boat.

 

In addition to the Mingun Paya, a giant architectural remnant that was abandoned under the influence of rumors of the “sacred pagodas and the dynasties of the pagodas”, it was uniquely shaped and full of whiteness. It was built to commemorate the first empress of MENG. Besides the tower (Hsinbyume Paya) and the 90-ton Mingun Bell, the Mingon Jade Market is also an attractive destination. Mandalay is the largest jade market in Myanmar. Traders from all over the country will come to this trade. It should be noted that if you do not intend to purchase, do not bargain. If you do not understand jade, do not recommend buying.

 

Yangon

Finally, let’s talk about Yangon, a city that is not the capital and capital city.

Undoubtedly, as one of the largest cities in Myanmar and one of the largest ports in Southeast Asia, Yangon is Myanmar’s most important travel destination in terms of political economy and cultural tourism.

The “Oriental Garden City” is not undeserved. Nature lovers will be attracted by the charming lakes and lush green parks. In addition, what is more impressive is the city’s integration – a good balance of traditional culture and modern atmosphere. People with different religious backgrounds live here harmoniously.

 

Many people come to Yangon to pay their respects to the legendary Shwedagon Pagoda, but in addition to this, travelers will be pleasantly surprised to find other spiritual places – including religious buildings. Historic sites include colonial buildings. The museum is an ideal place for history lovers.

 

Shwedagon Pagoda

Some people say that the trip to Burma without a visit to Shwedagon Pagoda is incomplete. This magnificent pagoda is one of the “Three Southeast Asian Monuments” and stands majestically on the mountain of Singuttara in the northern part of Yangon. It shines golden light above the low-lying capital.

 

The Shwedagon Pagoda with 2,500 years of history is the patron saint of Yangon and the most sacred place for the people of Myanmar. There are entrances for locals in all four directions, and foreign tourists must enter from the North Gate. Boarding more than a hundred marble steps will reach the platform. In addition to the entire outer layer of the main tower wrapped in gold foil, the dome is studded with more than 5,000 diamonds and precious stones. At the top of the tower, a diamond weighing 76 carats glitters this magnificent building.

On the huge platform around the pagoda, you can overlook the whole of Yangon. You can also walk and pray clockwise like other pilgrims or stop in the colorful pavilions to meditate or meditate. There is also a museum in the area dedicated to the history of the Shwedagon Pagoda.

During the day, the golden pagoda is shining and sacred. When the lights are lit at night, the magnificent building will look even more magnificent.

 

Sule Pagoda

 

Suretra is an important landmark in Yangon. It stands in the center of the busy business district in the city center, close to Chinatown, and the whole of Yangon has its center around it. The pagoda is named after the statue of the protector Sulei, the shrine where the golden pagoda is located. The pagoda is octagonal and has a Buddha relic.

The pagoda is unique in geography and surrounded by many attractions, so it can also be used as a starting point for travelers to explore the city. From here, you can enjoy the typical colonial architecture including the City Hall, the High Court and the Independence Monument.

 

Botataung Pagoda

 

The Potter Tao Pagoda near the Yangon River, also known as the “Thousand Buddha Pagoda”, and the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Sule Tower became the three major Buddhist towers in Yangon. Legend has it that Buddha statues brought from India 2500 years ago have been worshipped here. This statue was guarded by 1,000 soldiers. However, during the Second World War, the original building was destroyed and the building seen today was rebuilt in 1956. A large number of artifacts were accidentally discovered during the reconstruction.

Now tourists can enter the secret room inside the tower to enjoy the artifacts and jewels more than 2000 years ago.

 

Aung San Suu Kyi’s House

 

Before she was released from house arrest in November 2010, no one was able to get close to Aung San Suu Kyi’s residence. The security police set up a roadblock in front of the house on University Street. After 15 years of house arrest, affected by international pressure, the Myanmar military government agreed to release Aung San Suu Kyi in 2010.

Today, the police no longer guard the house, but a new high wall has been erected around the house, decorated with posters and flags of the National League for Democracy. It is difficult for people to see the house from the street. This disappoints visitors who are attracted to it. Some people say that in order to feel the spirit of this freedom fighter, it is worthwhile to come here, but others think this is a total waste of time.

 

Chaukhtatgyi Paya

 

This is an impressive statue of a Buddha. The reclining Buddha is 20 meters in length and 5.4 meters high. It was originally a huge open-air seated Buddha and was later transformed into its present state using a huge amount of Burmese jade.

The kind face was embellished with large, expressive eyes (made of imported Japanese glass), vermilion lips, and bright blue eye shadows. Even the nails were painted red. After one foot and two feet, there are 108 grids and totems on the soles of the feet, each representing a different image in the six rounds of reincarnation. Of these, 59 are human worlds, 21 are animal worlds, and 28 are the world of God. They represent Buddha’s detachment from these levels and not the lofty significance of the reincarnation of the Three Realms.

 

Kandawgyi Lake

 

The rainy season of six months a year turns Yangon into a city surrounded by lush tropical gardens and dense trees. If you like visiting the park, take a stroll through the tropical woods of Lake Royal Park. The 150-acre lake is horizontally mirrored and is a dream for photography lovers: At dawn, the lake is covered with mist; at sunset, it is described as “liquid gold filled with red flames.” If you look for a good angle, you can even see the reflection of the Shwedagon Pagoda on the lake.

Located on the east side of the lake, the bird-shaped floating restaurant is the prestigious Karaweik Palace, built in the 1980s. In addition to dining, there are traditional performances on the three floors of the ship, Burmese handicrafts and some children’s play items.

 

Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue

 

Built in 1893, this unique synagogue in Burma is located on the busy side streets of 26th Street in downtown Yangon. It is a witness to the once prosperous Jewish community in the first half of the 20th century.

In the 1890s, this small church was built to serve 2,500 Jews who immigrated from the Middle East. It quickly became part of Yangon’s vibrant business scene. During World War II, as the Japanese invaded, Jews were forced to flee Burma to settle in other countries. Although some people tried to return here after the war, they found it difficult to reproduce the previous prosperity. Today, only 20 Jews still live in Yangon.

The synagogue has always maintained a quaint colonial look, and it is also a venue for witnessing various historic politicians in Burma, the United States, and Israel. There are more than 600 tombstones in the adjacent cemetery, some of which are dilapidated and overgrown with weeds.

 

National Museum of Myanmar

 

This five-story building, with its undisturbed appearance, houses Myanmar’s most precious and historic artifacts. One of the most special exhibits is “Sihasana,” which is the throne of Myanmar’s last king, King Thibaw Min. In addition, cultural relics on display include 19th-century royal badges, jeweled beds, precious carpets, ornate palanquins, and other ancient artifacts, works of art, weapons, musical instruments, and paintings.

If you have time (at least two days), you can also leave Yangon’s city centre and head to Chaung Tha Beach, the closest beach to Yangon. There are not many tourists here, you can fully enjoy the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. When the weather is fine, you can also take fishing boats to the island for fishing, catching shrimp and crabs.

 

 

At the end of 2017, the good news that Myanmar had reopened the travel and landed signings had not yet been implemented, but it was a sign that the country had accelerated the pace of “opening the door and welcoming passengers”. Convenient routes, low prices, good public order, and unique exotic customs and culture – Myanmar is bound to become one of the most attractive travel destinations in Southeast Asia in the foreseeable future.

Before it is occupied by a large number of tourists, it will be early to go!

 

 

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