Intriguing Myanmar

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Wonderland of Pagoda Legends

“What do these figures of spirits, dragons, and ogres represent?” "What these mythical figures mean to us Myanmar Buddhists?" They are not just figures created by primitive imagination, nor are they pagan idols of the ancient days. They are as real and alive as any human being. They are part of our daily life. We not only see them as static things on the pagoda platforms but also on the stage, singing, dancing and very much involved in the drama of human life.

Myanmar and its Climate

Its geographical features are varied and striking; ranges of mountains running north to south, a vast plateau, extensive river systems, and a large delta. A forest cover on half the land is a great help, weather-wise. From October to February is generally recommended as the best time to visit the country. But major attractions of Bagan and Mandalay lying in Central Myanmar with scanty rain, foreign tourists can come here the whole year round, and they do.

Land of Pagodas

Pagodas are not merely places of religious worship and rituals; for that matter, ritual worship has no place in Buddhist teaching. It is the human need to express devotion to and adoration of the Buddha and his teaching that manifests itself in the act of building pagodas and in making ceremonial offerings before the shrines. Pagodas are also centers of social activities. They are places for communal alms-giving at proper seasons, people contributing in cash or in kind.

Myanmar

Perhaps unsurprising, given its thousands of shimmering pagodas, Myanmar is often called “the golden land”. This moniker is not only limited to grand stupas covered in gold leaf by Buddhist devotees; it also refers to the rich experiences visitors enjoy, the generosity of spirit and extraordinary warmth of the Myanmar people. Moreover, it points to the nation’s wealth of cultural heritage, largely untapped, like a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Such is Myanmar’s beauty and exoticism that 1898 Rudyard Kipling wrote in his “Letter from the East” (using its former designation), “This is Burma, and it will be quite unlike any land you know about.”

Yangon

The city of Yangon was founded by King Alaungphaya in the 18th century. Formerly the administrative capital of the country, the metropolis remains the top commercial hub in Myanmar, with the port and the international airport as its main point of entry. The national pride of Yangon is the world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, said to be one of the oldest in Asia. Besides the many pagodas, the National Museum and Bogyoke Market also enable visitors to come closer to embracing the Myanmar cultureYangon has a wonderful array of colonial-era buildings to explore. The best way to discover them, and the downtown area (especially Chinatown) is on foot.

Mandalay

Mandalay was the last royal city before Myanmar was colonized by Britain in 1885. The whole magnificent palace complex was devastated during World War II. That said, the moat, palace walls with city gates and wooden pavilions give an imposing and evocative impression of the royal era. Within the palace grounds, there is a museum and replica model of Mandalay Palace. Still considered the center of Burmese culture, Mandalay is the economic hub of Upper Myanmar and this thriving city is the second largest in the country. Mandalay’s intimate proximity to the Ayeyarwady River means a visit the city isn’t complete without spending some time on the water. 

whereabouts

Inlay Phaung Daw OoNyaung Shwe, a tourist hub for visiting both Inlay Lake and Inlay Lake Wetland Sanctuary, also serves as a marina for the numerous longboats ferrying visitors into the lake.

Inlay Lake

Bagan TempleA vast expanse of open lands studded with stupas, pagodas, and temples of various eras and different colors against the mountain backdrop, it is hard not to be enchanted by this fairyland.

Bagan

Ngapali BeachIt is one of the prettiest places in Myanmar, it is also one of the most untouched beaches in the world, with miles of pure white sands skirting the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

Ngapali Beach

Golden Rock PagodaIt is about 18 feet high that rests precariously on a projecting tabular rock 80 feet high, which itself is separated several feet from the mountain edge by a deep chasm.

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