Myanmar, a small nation, is located at the central part of Asia. Its earlier name was Burma. It is known
as the ‘Land of Golden Pagodas’. The country is enriched with Buddhist traditions. This article aims to
make you familiar with those routes travelling through which will enable you to know Myanmar in a
Facts on Myanmar
As said before, Myanmar is called the Land of Golden Pagodas. The name is absolutely justified as there
are around two thousand pagodas present in the country. Archeological reserves can be traced all
over the country, and there are various sites and objects that will give you the essence of the earlier
civilizations. Myanmar was the home of many empires. There are many ancient cities in this country
visiting which a traveler can witness the greatness of those empires. Around a hundred of the temples
have survived. But a greater number of temples have got ruined. The tourists are often amazed to
see the debris of statues and the collapsed walls in the jungle. As a traveler, one of the most beautiful
experiences that will surely be remaining etched in your mind is the boat ride across the Irrawaddy River
with the golden pagodas sparkling on the high banks.
A general travel route of Myanmar takes eight days. It starts with Yangon that is the current capital of
Myanmar, then moving on to places like Bagan, Mandalay, Nyang-Shwe, Lake Inle and the beautiful Lake
Inle. One remarkable feature of the country is there are various modes of transport available and thus
traveling from one place to another will never be a problem for a tourist. The travelers can get a jeep for
themselves, or can avail a bus or a train and can venture inside the jungle.
Yangon- The city of Yangon is known as the ‘Garden of the East’. This city resembles a big park having
numerous natural lakes and ponds, colonial mansions and ancient pagodas. Certain places in Yangon
are of utmost attraction for the tourists. The 2500 years old Shwedagon Paya Pagoda is one of the most
remarkable one among them. Apart from its grand embellishment, the temple is also famous because
the four hairs of Lord Buddha can be found here. The statue of reclining Buddha can also be found
here. Then there is the mountain tunnel that is shaped like Buddha’s mouth. There are various other
interesting places in Yangon that are sure to mesmerize the tourists.
Bagan- This ancient city is famous for 4000 old Buddhist temples.4000 monks, along with the same
number of slaves built these temples. The pattern of architecture in all of them is different from one
another. It is this architectural excellence that draws the tourists to Bagan.
Mandalay- Mahamuni, Kuthoda Pagoda, the Shvenando Palace, the Mandalay hill and others are some
of the most fabulous places here.
Nyang-Shwe- Here, the Inle Lake can be seen along with the artificial plantations that are floating. The
local peasants grow tomatoes and papayas here. Then there is the very popular Monastery of Jumping
Cats. Training of cats is what this monastery is famous for. The tourists come here by boat and often buy
papyrus, mats having gold and silver embroidery, fruits, and souvenirs.
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