Nay Pyi Taw~
The New Administrative Capital
Nay Pyi Taw is the new administrative capital of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Centrally located, it is 391km from Yangon and 302km from Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw comprises of 8 townships; Zeyarthiri, Pobbathiri, Ottarathiri, Zabuthiri, Dekkhinathiri, Pyinmana, Leway, and Tatkone Townships.
Getting to Nay Pyi Taw
Nay Pyi Taw International airport is about 30mins drive. All domestic carriers operate a daily flight to Yangon, the commercial city, and Mandalay, the cultural city. There are flights to tourist destinations such as Bagan, Heho, Sittway, Myitkyina, Kyaing Tong, Tachileik, and others. Now, Bangkok Airways is operating direct flights from Monday to Friday.
Many modern highway buses operate daily from several cities to and from. Visitors can reach not only by air but also directly by coach and by train from many other parts of the country. Railway Station is about a 1-hr drive.
Highlights of Nay Pyi Taw
“Nay Pyi Taw” means “Royal Capital” or “Seat of Kings” and although it is a young capital, it has much to offer a visitor whether on business or on holiday. For the city is built on a plain which sits between two ranges of hills, the Bago Yoma and the Shan Yoma, the city has a marvelous backdrop. Luckily, the area is surrounded by three reservoirs. So there is no water shortage, this also means, due to hydro-electricity, power is not a problem.
The Waunna Theikdi Stadium is the biggest Stadium in Myanmar. It has a capacity of 30,000 spectators. We have successfully hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 27th South East Asian Games in Dec 2013 and the 7th ASEAN Para Games in Jan 2014 in this Stadium.
The first impression of the city is the size – huge spaces and huge buildings. The city is now in place; the Government buildings, housing, schools, hospitals, markets, shopping centers, hotels, recreational gardens and parks, museums, theatres, convention centers, sports grounds and stadiums, cinemas, and for both residents and visitors recreational things to do including several golf courses.
Of all the sights, the golden Uppatasanti Pagoda is the most spectacular. It was opened in 2009 and is a replica of the great Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon; it sits on a hill looking down on the city with a large monastery complex below. The white Elephants House is nearby the Pagoda.
At the Gems Museum, two sculptures of white elephants stand guard outside of the entrance. The ground floor is arranged like a market with a variety of jewelry shops. Upstairs is the museum which houses some amazing large stones and crafted pieces. It is now hosting the annual Gems Emporium.
Nay Pyi Taw is well catered with public gardens: the Jade Garden, the Water Fountain Garden, Zoological Garden, Safari Wildlife Park, National Herbal Garden, and the National Landmark Garden are some attractions to be explored in and around the capital. Every one of these gardens is worth of visit and the water fountain is open at night with attractive lighting.
National Museum is located on Yaza Thingaha road, near the Kumudra circle, Ottarathiri township. The total plot area is 1,408 hectares. There have five main buildings such as A, B, C, D, and E. In building A, Mini Theatre, VIP holding rooms, President’s gifts exhibition room, and public area are included. The rest of the building is the display area. In building B, the display areas are divided into Primate and Fossil Exhibition Room, Prehistoric Period Exhibition Room, Proto-Historic Period Exhibition Room, Historic Period (11th – 14th Century AD) Exhibition Room, Myanmar Art Gallery, and Myanmar Performing Art Exhibition Room. In building C, D, E are still displayed about the history and cultural heritage of Myanmar to be a national-level museum.
National Landmark’s Garden is a model in miniature of states and regions of Myanmar. Situated on a 400-acre plot near Thaik-Chaung Village in Zeyarthiri Township. The garden showcases scaled-down versions of the country’s most famous attractions, such as the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Golden Rock Pagoda in Mon State, Mt. Khakaborazi in Kachin State, Ngapali Beach in Rakhine State, and Inlay Lake in Shan State.
Zoological Garden: The zoo covers about 500 acres and just off the Yangon – Mandalay Highway. It is home to 430 animals, representing 81 species.
For the public reverence, replica Buddha Gaya, Thatta Thattaha Maha Bawdi Pagoda (162ft) is being built on the Udayayanthi Hillock in Pohbbathiri Township.
As well as a variety of places to visit in the vast area of the city just some ten to twenty minutes drive are the old towns of Pyinmana and Lewe, these have a wealth of treasures to explore; bustling markets, pagodas, and beautiful teak monasteries.
For those interested in architecture, several of the government buildings are worth of visit. There are two Myanmar International Convention Centres; the first one was completed on 4th January 2014. Due to the series of reforms, there are many state occasions and business events holding at the respective hotels and Myanmar International Convention Centres. The Hluttaw or Parliament complex is made up of 31 buildings, with the Presidential Palace nearby. The City Hall built in the same style, though not so ornate, is close.
Many kinds of restaurants are open daily. Chinese food, Thai food, European food, and Myanmar food are available at these restaurants. Hill Top Restaurants are situated near Myoma Market.
There are three hotel zones in Nay Pyi Taw, namely Dekkhinathiri, Ottarathiri, and Pohbbathiri. The first and former hotel zone is Dekkhinathiri and the hotels have been established since 2006.
There are many shopping centers, such as Junction Centre, Capital Hypermarket, and Ocean Supermarket situated in the Ottarathiri & Dekkhinathiri Hotel Zones. Other traditional outdoor markets are Myoma Market and Tha Pyay Gone Market.
The Defense Services Museum
The Defense Services Museum is built on an area of 60,368 acres in Zeyathiri Township. There are six booths of the Army, three booths of the Navy and three booths of the Air Force, and one Guest Lounge for each of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. There are also rest halls with restaurants and souvenir shops. The Defense Services Museum (Nay Pyi Taw) is opened with a view to enabling youth and people to learn the independence struggles, historic battles, and actions of the Armed Forces since its birth in 1945 till now and imbuing them with the spirit to safeguard the independence.