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    Tourist Attractions in Myanmar

    The most interesting and beautiful tourist attractions in Myanmar. Photos and a brief description.

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    About Myanmar

    Myanmar is a country in Southeast Asia, located in the west of the peninsula Indochina. It used to be called Burma. It can offer tourists the unique nature of the subtropics, a scattering of Buddhist temples and excellent beaches.

    Tourism in Myanmar has been developing not so long ago and every year there are more and more interesting places to visit. Beach holidays are also not too developed, there are not so many hotels, so there is an opportunity to relax by the sea almost alone.

    The climate is always hot in these places, the bathing season is year-round, but it is better to avoid the rainy months, which last from April to October. The main holiday in the country is the Water Festival, which celebrates the beginning of the long—awaited rains with the stormy fun of local residents. The country has developed fishing, seafood is fresh and very cheap. The average cost of a serving of lobsters, oysters or octopus is less than a dollar. Fresh fruits and vegetables are sold everywhere, regardless of the season.

    Top Tourist Attractions in Myanmar

    Yangon City

    One of the largest cities in the country, the former capital. Cultural, industrial and transport center. A large number of buildings from the colonial period have been preserved in the city. The main attraction of the city, the Shwedagon Stupa.

    Yangon City
    Shwedagon Pagoda

    Shwedagon Pagoda

    A huge (almost 100 meters) pagoda covered with gold paint. The most revered, "main" pagoda of Burma. Contains 4 main relics of the Buddhas. It is richly decorated, an object of high religious and artistic value.

    Temples in Bagan (Bagan)

    Myanmar is a popular tourist city with 4,000 ancient temples and pagodas. The buildings are located in a valley with a traditional Burmese natural relief, the combination of nature with many temples creates a unique landscape. Each temple has its own religious and artistic value. There are viewing platforms in the valley.

    Temples in Bagan (Bagan)
    Tatbinyu Temple (Thatbyinnyu Temple)

    Tatbinyu Temple (Thatbyinnyu Temple)

    The most impressive and tallest temple Bagan. The height of its walls is 60 meters, and the length of each is 58 meters. It was built in 1150. The architecture of the temple is Indian, with artistic brickwork. The building is large in area, previously it housed a whole monastery complex. The last earthquake (1979) caused some damage to the structure and now tourists are not allowed on the upper terraces.

    Chaittiyo Pagoda (Golden Stone)

    Pagoda in the state of Mon. It is installed on a huge boulder located on a cliff ledge. The pagoda and the stone are covered with gold. They are a place of pilgrimage and a tourist attraction. You need to get to the monument on foot about 3 km from the transport stop.

    Chaittiyo Pagoda (Golden Stone)
    Chowktaji Pagoda (Recumbent Buddha)

    Chowktaji Pagoda (Recumbent Buddha)

    Located in Yangon. It houses a very ancient and large statue of the reclining Buddha. The age of the monument is approximately 1000 years. For a long time, the Buddha was hidden by the jungle and discovered by chance, during the laying of the railway.

    Sule Pagoda

    A unique building in shape, located in the center of Rangoon. The approximate age is more than 2000 years. It has religious and historical value. Not very large in area, it can be cramped inside. Beautifully illuminated in the dark.

    Sule Pagoda
    Royal Palace of Mandalay

    Royal Palace of Mandalay

    A large palace complex, almost completely restored by restorers. Minor details of the wall and the moat remained from the original construction of the XIX century. It was the residence of the kings of Burma. Now a historical museum has been created in the palace. Tourists can enter the palace only through the eastern gate.

    Ancient city of Mrauk-U (Mrauk U)

    An archaeological site lost in the jungle. A well-preserved complex of ancient buildings. The area around is hilly and tourists use this feature to observe and photograph spectacular sunrises and sunsets over the ancient city.

    Ancient city of Mrauk-U (Mrauk U)
    Mingun-Paya Stupa

    Mingun-Paya Stupa

    A grandiose construction that was started in the city Mingune was the local ruler and was not finished. Various assumptions are made about the reasons for the abandoned stupa, but they are all controversial. The beginning of construction is determined in 1790. It lasted for several decades, but the work was stopped. The builders managed to implement only a third of their plans.

    Damayanji Buddhist Temple

    The majestic Temple Bagan, the largest in the valley. A monumental structure, not completed to the end, but, nevertheless, representing a unique value. The construction dates back to 1167. It is impossible to go inside the temple, the entrances to it are walled up. There is an opportunity to climb onto the balconies and use them as a convenient viewing platform, the view of Bagan is one of the most spectacular.

    Damayanji Buddhist Temple
    Taung Kalat Monastery (Mount Popa)

    Taung Kalat Monastery (Mount Popa)

    A Buddhist monastery on a lonely mountain rising in the middle of a valley. The mountain is an extinct volcano. The buildings are located on the top of the plateau, and almost float in the air. There are a lot of greenery and clean springs around the monastery. The ascent to the mountain is carried out by a rather steep long stone staircase cut into the rock. It is considered one of the most beautiful temple buildings in the world.

    Mingun Bell

    A huge bicentennial bell, the second largest in the world. Cast according to ancient technology from five types of metals. It was made for the planned largest Buddhist temple, which was not built. The bell is ringing, anyone can hit it with a mallet.

    Mingun Bell

    Pindaya Caves

    A place of Buddhist pilgrimage. The caves are located in the mountains, with covered stairs leading to them. There are about 8000 Buddha statues in the caves. They are carefully placed, decorated. In the depths of the caves there are grottoes, underground lakes and caves.

    Irrawaddy River

    The main waterway of Myanmar. It crosses the whole country, divides its territory into two conditional halves from north to south. The river is navigable, you can make a long journey along it. The riverbed is diverse, some areas are impassable and not suitable for travel. There are many temples along the shores of the "calm" areas. There are many fish in the waters and a special kind of dolphins — Irrawaddy.

    Irrawaddy River
    Inle Lake

    Inle Lake

    A unique freshwater lake with rich fauna, a bird sanctuary. On the banks, in houses on stilts, the people of Intha live. Their distinctive way of life, agriculture "on the water", on floating vegetable gardens is the most popular tourist attraction in Myanmar.

    Wooden Bridge at Bein

    The oldest and longest wooden bridge in the world. Built across the lake Tauntome. It is made of teak, a very durable local tree left over from the construction of the royal palace. The bridge is about 200 years old, some of the piles (1086 in total) gradually have to be replaced. It has places to relax, the opportunity to observe the scenery and the daily life of the Burmese.

    Wooden Bridge at Bein
    Tattooed women of the Chin tribe

    Tattooed women of the Chin tribe

    A tribe living on the outskirts of Burma has been tattooing women's faces for a long time. Now it is forbidden and for the sake of the opportunity to see unique old ladies with tattoos, tourists overcome a rather difficult path to the village. There you can also get acquainted with the traditional Burmese methods of subsistence farming.

    Ngapali Beach

    Beach Ngapali is a real treasure of Myanmar. Clean ocean, fine white sand, this place was one of the first authorities decided to turn into a resort. But so far they are only at the beginning of the journey and therefore to be here one—on-one with nature, while using the comfort of luxury hotels is a real opportunity for tourists. The season is from October to May.

    Ngapali Beach
    Thingyan Water Festival

    Thingyan Water Festival

    A three-day state holiday, preceding the New Year. It takes place in April all over the country. Symbolizes the beginning of the rainy season. All participants pour water on each other from various containers: buckets, water pistols, plastic bottles are used. Burmese and guests of the country at the festival tirelessly have fun and dance.