TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES OF INTEREST IN MYANMAR (BURMA)

 

 

TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS - PLACES OF INTEREST

MYANMAR / BURMA

 

 

 

Reclining Buddha of Shwe Thar Lyaung in Bago (Pegu), MyanmarMyanmar, once known as Burma, shares its borders with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. Regarded as a top travel destination with great outdoor adventures, it is a country with a total area of over 670,000 square kilometers and it stretches over 2090 kilometers from north to south over 925 kilometers east to west. It has a 2832 kilometers long coastline on the Indian Ocean and over fifty percent of its land area is covered with forests and in the countryside, rice paddies are farmed by water buffalo and traveling in Shwe Thar Lyaung in Bago      ox cart is the frequently used mode of transportation. Myanmar is renowned as the land with its ancient palace, city walls, terraces, glittering golden pagodas, traditional customs and ancient cultural heritage which makes this wonderful country a very interesting and unique travel destination in Asia.

 

The Shwedagon Pagoda is the most famous tourist attraction in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)Myanmar has a rich cultural and historical heritage with great places to visit like the glittering Shwedagon Pagoda in its most diverse place and capital city, Yangon (formerly called Rangoon) and Bagan. The natural environment is equally brilliant with many parts of the country still covered in rainforest while green rice paddy fields dominant much of the remainder.

 

More than one hundred different national races exhibit many unique characteristics and this is what makes this country very special. Yangon is home to the gold-plated Shwedagon Paya, one of the world's greatest Buddhist Pagodas built 2,500 years ago which is best viewed at sunrise. Other places of interest include the Sule Pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San Market (Scott Market) and the colonial buildings which add  to the architectural mixture.

 

A very short drive out of Yangon takes you to Bago where the huge reclining Buddha of Shwe Thar Lyaung can be seen and it is a very  Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

famous religious site in Myanmar and this city is also a convenient stop on your way to Kyaikto or Mowlamyaing. Bago used to be the ancient capital city of the Mon Kingdom in the 15th century.

 

The gigantic unfinished Mingun Pagoda in Mingun, MyanmarMandalay, also known as Ratanabon meaning City Of Gems, is located in Central Myanmar, north of Yangon. This sprawling cultural centre gives the true representative of Burmese life, history, culture and the is the centre of Buddhist learning. Mandalay Hill, 230 meters in elevation, commands a magnificent view of the city and the surroundings country side. Eventhough the Mandalay Place complex was destroyed by fire during World War II, a number of palace buildings have been reconstructed within the premises as evidence of the Majestic Palace City. Around Amarapura, Sagaing, Ava and Mingu are ancient pagodas which is worth visiting. Mingun is famously known for its incredible Mingun Bell and the gigantic unfinished Mingun Pagoda. Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) is a hill station and cool refuge from the lowland heat. Visitors can ride a stage coach, stay in Tudor Mingun Pagoda         style villas and enjoy the peaceful botanical gardens.

 

Buddha statue in Kyauktawgyi Pagoda in Mandalay, MyanmarBagan, one of Southeast Asia's most stunning archaeological sites is located on the eastern bank of Ayeyarwady River. Being the capital of first Myanmar Empire, Bagan has over three thousand well preserved pagodas and temples of the 11th-13th centuries and is also the centre of the expanding Myanmar lacquerware industry. Mount Popa, 50 kilometers southeast of Bagan, is a 1500 meters high extinct volcano and has become a recreational resort for international tourism whereby travelers can appreciate the green and beautiful scenery around this area.

 

The tranquil waters of Inle Lake in the Shan State is Asia's most beautiful natural lake with the famed leg rowers worth seeing and enjoying. The nearby hill stations of Kalaw offers cool climate and Pindaya Caves with their 10,000 Buddha images. Miles of empty white sand beaches, brilliant turquoise seas, all backed by towering coconut palms make beautiful Ngapali (Thandwe) as     Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

Myanmar's premier beach destination. Intimate resorts offers visitors the chance to swim, sail, kayak and feast on lobsters and prawns by candlelight as the sun sinks lazily into the Indian Ocean.

 

Whether it be cruising down the mighty Ayeyarwady River, drifting over the ancient city of Bagan by hot air balloon, mountain trekking and rafting in the far north or to world class diving in the Mergui Archipelago near Kwathaung, the southernmost part of Myanmar, the beauty of tranquility of Myanmar awaits you to experience and enjoy.

 

 

 

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