10 Must-See Attractions in Myanmar (Burma)
10 Must-See Attractions in Myanmar (Burma) according to Lonely Planet
10. Mt Kyaiktiyo (Golden Rock)
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Mon State, Myanmar. It is a small pagoda built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by devotees. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of the Buddha's hair.
The town was popular with the British during colonial rule. Kalaw is the main setting of the novel The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. The hill station is located at an elevation of 1320 metres, 50 km from the Inle lake. Kalaw offers a variety of opportunities for trekking.
Attractive Hsipaw is ideally placed for quick, easy hikes into fascinating Shan and Palaung villages. The town's handful of guides offer just enough English-speaking help to make the experience comfortable, while the whole region feels far less 'discovered' than that around Kalaw.
7. Ngapali Beach
Ngapali Beach is the most famous beach in Myanmar and is a popular tourist destination. Myanmar's political climate means that Ngapali is not as well publicized as other good beaches of Southeast Asia. The beach stretches for 3 km and overlooks the Indian Ocean. The name Ngapali, has no meaning in Burmese, but comes from the Italian Napoli (the city of Naples).
Thingyan is the Burmese New Year Water Festival and usually falls around mid-April. It is a Buddhist festival celebrated over a period of four to five days culminating in the new year. Formerly the dates of the Thingyan festival are calculated according to the traditional Burmese lunisolar calendar, but now fixed to Gregorian calendar 13 to 16 April.
5. Mrauk U
Mrauk U is a medieval town and archaeological site in Rakhine State, Western Myanmar. Mrauk U may seem to be a sleepy village today but not so long ago it was the capital of a reasonable sized empire where Portuguese, Dutch and French traders rubbed shoulders with the literati of Bengal and Mughal princes on the run.
4. Pyin Oo Lwin
Once the summer capital of the British Raj in Burma, Pyin U Lwin retains some of the hill station look that cities like Darjeeling and Simla in India used to have in the 1960s and 1970s. Because of its history as a summer capital and a military centre of the Indian Army during British times, it has both a large Indian population and strong Anglo-Burmese and Anglo-Indian communities.
Bagan, also spelled Pagan, on the banks of the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River, is home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world, many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. The shape and construction of each building is highly significant in Buddhism with each component taking on spiritual meaning.
2. Inle Lake
Inle Lake is a shallow lake in the middle of Myanmar, southeast of Mandalay. The lake is 22 km long, and is densely inhabited by many different tribes. Although the lake is not large, it contains a number of endemic species. Over twenty species of snails and nine species of fish are found nowhere else in the world.
1. Shwedagon Paya
The Shwedagon Pagoda or Paya is the single most important religious site in all of Myanmar. The pagoda lies to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on Singuttara Hill, thus dominating the skyline of the city. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within: the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Koṇāgamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight strands of hair from Gautama, the historical Buddha.
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Bago, formerly Pegu, is a city and the capital of Bago Division in Burma (or Myanmar). It is located 50 miles (80 km) from Yangon and has a population of 220,000.
According to legend, two Mon princess from Thaton founded Bago in 573 AD. It was written in the chronicles that eight years after enlightenment, Lord Buddha along with his disciples flew around the Southeast Asian countries. On his return journey while crossing the Gulf of Martaban, which happened to be at low tide, he saw two golden sheldrakes sitting, female on top of male, on a peak of land protruding out of the sea just enough for a bird's perch. Viewing this strange phenomenon, he predicted to his disciples that one day a country where his doctrine would thrive would come into existence in this vast sea area. That part of the sea, when it was silted up and ready for habitation approximately 1500 years after the prediction, was colonized by Mons from the Thaton Kingdom. Thus, the Mons became the first rulers of this country known in history as Hongsawatoi (Pali Hamsavati). Other variations on the name include Hanthawaddy, Hanthawady and Handawaddy; and in Thai หงสาวดี Hongsawadi.
The earliest mention of this city in history is by the Arab geographer Ibn Khudadhbin around 850 AD. At the time, the Mon capital had shifted to Thaton. The area came under rule of the Burmese from Bagan in 1056. After the collapse of Bagan to the Mongols in 1287, the Mon regained their independence.
In Lower Burma, a Mon dynasty established itself first at Martaban and then at Pegu. During the reign of king Rajadhirat (13831421) Ava and Pegu were involved in continuous warfare. The peaceful reign of Queen Baña Thau (Burmese: Shin Saw Bu; 1453-72) came to an end when she chose the Buddhist monk Dhammazedi (1472-92) to succeed her. Under Dhammazedi Pegu became a centre of commerce and Theravada Buddhism.
From 1369-1539, Hanthawaddy was the capital of the Mon Kingdom of Ramanadesa, which covered all of what is now Lower Burma. The area came under Burman control again in 1539, when it was annexed by King Tabinshweti to his Kingdom of Taungoo. The kings of Taungoo made Bago their royal capital from 1539-1599 and again in 1613-1634, and used it as a base for repeated invasions of Siam. As a major seaport, the city was frequently visited by Europeans, who commented on its magnificence. The Burmese capital relocated to Ava in 1634. In 1740, the Mon revolted and briefly regained their independence, but Burmese King Alaungpaya (or U Aungzeya) sacked and completely destroyed the city (along with Mon independence) in 1757.
Bago was rebuilt by King Bodawpaya (1782-1819), but by then the river had shifted course, cutting the city off from the sea. It never regained its previous importance. After the Second Anglo-Burmese War, the British annexed Bago in 1852. In 1862, the province of British Burma was formed, and the capital moved to Yangon. The name Bago is spelt peh kou literally. The substantial differences between the colloquial and literary pronunciations, as with Burmese words, was a reason of the British corruption Pegu.
In 1911, Hanthawaddy was described as a district in the Bago (or Pegu) division of Lower Burma. It lay in the home district of Rangoon, from which the town was detached to make a separate district in 1880. It had an area of 3,023 square miles (7,830 km2), with a population of 48,411 in 1901, showing an increase of 22% in the past decade. Hanthawaddy and Henzada were the two most densely populated districts in the province.
Hanthawaddy, as it was constituted in 1911, consisted of a vast plain stretching up from the sea between the To (or China Bakir) mouth of the Ayeyarwady River and the Pegu Yomas. Except the tract of land lying between the Pegu Yomas on the east and the Hlaing river, the country was intersected by numerous tidal creeks; many of which were navigable by large boats and some by steamers. The headquarters of the district was in Rangoon, which was also the sub-divisional headquarters. The second sub-division had its headquarters at Insein, where there were large railway works. Cultivation was almost wholly confined to rice, but there were many vegetable and fruit gardens.
Today, Hanthawaddy may be considered a district of the city of Bago.
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Pagodas in Burma (or Myanmar) are tiered structures for Buddhist religious purposes; Theravada Buddhism is the religion of the majority of Burma's population (90%). In all parts of the country where the Burmese people live there are pagodas and Buddhist monasteries. The graceful tapering shape of a pagoda painted white or gilded to a shining gold, is a basic part of any Burmese landscape. Burma is often called the Land of Pagodas.
A stupa, also called a pagoda, is a massive structure, typically with a relic chamber inside. The Bagan stupas or pagodas evolved from earlier Pyu designs, which in turn were based on the stupa designs of the Andhra region, particularly Amaravati and Nagarjunakonda in present-day southeastern India, and to a smaller extent to Ceylon. The Bagan-era stupas in turn were the prototypes for later Burmese stupas in terms of symbolism, form and design, building techniques and even materials.
Originally, an Indian/Ceylonese stupa had a hemispheric body (Pali: anda, the egg) on which a rectangular box surrounded by a stone balustrade (harmika) was set. Extending up from the top of the stupa was a shaft supporting several ceremonial umbrellas. The stupa is a representation of the Buddhist cosmos: its shape symbolizes Mount Meru while the umbrella mounted on the brickwork represents the world's axis. The brickwork pediment was often covered in stucco and decorated in relief. Pairs or series of ogres as guardian figures ('bilu') were a favourite theme in the Bagan period.
The original Indic design was gradually modified first by the Pyu, and then by Burmans at Bagan where the stupa gradually developed a longer, cylindrical form. The earliest Bagan stupas such as the Bupaya (c. 9th century) were the direct descendants of the Pyu style at Sri Ksetra. By the 11th century, the stupa had developed into a more bell-shaped form in which the parasols morphed into a series of increasingly smaller rings placed on one top of the other, rising to a point. On top the rings, the new design replaced the harmika with a lotus bud. The lotus bud design then evolved into the banana bud, which forms the extended apex of most Burmese pagodas. Three or four rectangular terraces served as the base for a pagoda, often with a gallery of terra-cotta tiles depicting Buddhist jataka stories. The Shwezigon Pagoda and the Shwesandaw Pagoda are the earliest examples of this type. Examples of the trend toward a more bell-shaped design gradually gained primacy as seen in the Dhammayazika Pagoda (late 12th century) and the Mingalazedi Pagoda (late 13th century)
Myanmar (Burma) - Bago to the Golden Rock Pagoda
Coach trips have never been my favourite form of travel but this one was different. Accompanied by my wife and son and a whole contingent of Thai family and friends we flew to Yangon in Myanmar (Burma) for a 2 night adventure.
It was amazing what we were able to see and do in such a short space of time. We began by travelling to Bago region which lies 90km to the north-east of Yangon.
Our first stop was at the Shwemawdaw Pagoda to see the towering 114m golden stupa. Then we made our way on to the Kanbawzathadi Palace - a reconstruction of the 16th century palace of King Bayinnaung of the Taungoo dynasty. Lastly, we took a look at the Shwethalyaung Buddha - a 55m long, 1,000 year old reclining Buddha statue.
From there we embarked on a long drive to Mon State for the highlight of the trip: an overnight stay at the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda a.k.a. the Golden Rock. This was an amazing adventure! We travelled in the coach to Kinpun village where we transferred to trucks with bench seats. The trucks took us up the mountain to a cable car. The cable car took us the last kilometre to the summit, where we were greeted with a chaotic but good natured scrum of people offering their services to carry your belongings (or even you) the last kilometre or so to the temple entrance.
Once at the entrance, it was shoes off even though the actual pagoda was still several hundred metres away. We were now at an altitude of 1,100m and shrouded by mist and clouds. It was an amazing experience - probably the most exotic place I have ever been. The Golden Rock itself balances seemingly impossibly on the edge of a high cliff and it is surrounded by a huge complex of shrines, halls and hotels.
Hundreds of pilgrims make merit well into the night and start again before sunrise. We got up about 4.30am and went out to watch the rituals. As the sun rose and the mists receded we were greeted with some stunning views and some huge insects! Then, all too soon, it was time to head back down the mountain for the next leg of the trip...
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beautiful & must visit places in Myanmar / Burma 2016
1) U-Bein Bridge | Mandalay
2) Mount Popa | Bagan Region
3) Shwedagon Pagoda | Yangon
4) Mandalay Palace | Mandalay
5) Maha Bodhi Tahtaung | Monywa Township, Sagaing Region
6) Mahamuni Buddha Temple | Mandalay
7) Karaweik Palace | Yangon
8) Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) | Kyaikto, Thaton District
10) Kuthodaw Pagoda | Mandalay
11) Kaunghmudaw Pagoda | Sagaing
Bago, Myanmar, October 21, 2015
Excursion from Yangon to Bago featuring lunch visit to Kah Khat Wain Monastery
Monywa (partie 2) La deuxième plus grande statue au monde, le site de Bodhi Tataung (Myanmar)
Laykyun Sekkya, la deuxième statue la plus haute du monde (129 mètres), un des plus longs Bouddhas couchés de la planète, un stupa géant, et des milliers de Bouddhas grandeurs natures... Croyez-moi, c'est assez pour vous faire perdre tous vos repères...
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The Bagan archeological zone is one of the most sacred areas in the world for Buddhists, as well as the largest historical area in the Asia-Pacific region.
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