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PLACE OF INTEREST
    It is said that the world is the dawn of a new golden age of travel in the new millennium. Myanmar has much to offer as an exciting and exotic place to travel, where the exotica is still untouched, to provide the visitors with excitement and wonder.
THE SHWEDAGON
news11      The magnificent golden Shwedagon is the first sacred monument which the visitor to Myanmar can see from air or by sea, one of the wonders of the world. To Buddhists the Golden Shwedagon most sacred place of worship because it enshrined the sacred relics of the three earlier Buddhas and Eight Hair Relics of Gautama Buddha the Supreme Self-Enlightened. One who attained Buddhahood 2540 years ago. To non-Buddhists, it is marvellous work of architecture conical in structure, a massive edifice towering 99.4 meters (326 feet) with the perimeter measuring 432.8 meters (1420 feet), glittering in gold and studded on the pinnacle with priceless gems. The golden umbrella (Hti) was recently replaced by a new one on 4 April 1999, and enriched with gold bells, and jewellery spontaneously donated on the spot by the devotees. The Shwedagon is located in Yangon the capital metropolis of Myanmar.
    Other well frequented pagodas in Yangon are Sule Pagoda located in the heart of Yangon, Botataung Pagoda, Kaba Aye Pagoda among the many.
PLACES TO VISIT IN YANGON
    Yangon is the capital city and gateway to Myanmar by sea and by air. There are many places to visit among which the following places may draw their interest:
  1. Cultural Museum where the regalia of the last Myanmar king and the imperial throne are placed.
  2. Gems Museum where priceless gems of Myanmar such as ruby, jade and pearl are displayed among many interesting gems. There are many jewel shops offering a wide range of Myanmar made jewellery to meet one's taste and budget.
  3. Defence Service Museum where many interesting displays of Myanmar's military might during the Myanmar kings was retraced up to the contemporary period.
  4. Zoological Gardens which display a large variety of species found in Myanmar and many from other habitat.
  5. The Inya Lake, the scenic stretch of water is located near the University of Yangon campus, ideal for yachting and cross-lake swimming.
BAGAN

     Bagan was the capital of the first unified Empire of Anawrahta founded in 849 AD, and flourished from 1044 to the 13th century. Within an area of 42 km thousands of pagodas were built. The inventory of Bagan Pagodas as documented by the Archaeological Department listed the standing pagodas as 2217. In spite of inclement weather of a thousand years which had destroyed the precious works of art, whatever survived to this day still thrill the beholders. Notable among the ancient glory are Shwezigone, Ananda, Thabyinnyu and Dhammayangyi.

MANDALAY
    Mandalay was the capital city of the last reigning dynasty of Konbaung Kings. It is now the second capital and the centre of Myanmar's art, cultures and Buddhistic learning. The exquisite tapestry works, stone sculpture, the traditional art of gold leaf home industry are worth a visit. Mandalay can boast of the largest standing stone book in the world. It is situated in the compound of the "Kuthodaw Pagoda". During the reign of the benevolent King Mindon, he had commanded the experts to chisel the entire Buddhist scriptures of Tipitaka on 729 stone slabs in 1857. The mammoth book still serves as reference to the learners in Buddhist teachings.
    Other places of interest are the Mahamuni Holy Image, the Mandalay Hill, the Sagaing Hills where Buddhist Sangha and nuns lead a peaceful secluded life of meditation.
MOGOK
    Mogok is famous in the world for producing the best ruby and sapphire gems of the first grade. It also produces many semi-precious stones equally scintillating and coveted by gem lovers.
MYITKYINA
     Myitkyina is the capital of the Kachin State home to a colourful ethnic race and their festival. Myanmar's highest snow-capped mountain Khakabo Razi (5881 m) lies in the Putao town, a half hour's flight from Myitkyina. The confluence to two small tributaries, N'mai Kha and Mali Kha which grows into Ayeyawady as it flows southwards is also a beautiful place to visit. The State is also home to the best jade mines in the world coveted mostly by the Chinese as they believe jade brings peace and good fortune.
MRAUK-U
news13     Mrauk-U is another interesting historical site in Rakhine fast becoming a tourist attraction. Mrauk-U was founded in 1430 AD and flourished till 1785 as recorded in its history. Known as the Golden City by foreign travellers of the era it was a focus of trade due to its strategic location on the costal region of Bay of Bengal. Many historical sites such as the old palace grounds and ancient pagodas principally Shitthoung Pagoda (Eighty thousand pagodas), the old city of Vesali, the Mahamuni Image of Kyauktaw offer a glimpse into the Rakhine history.
SEA BEACHES: Ngapali, Kanthayar, Maungmagangmagan Set-se, Chaung-than; Ngwe-saung etc:
     Among the sea beaches in Myanmar, Ngapali and Kanthayar situated in the west coast of Rakhine on the Bay of Bengal is the most beautiful, within easy reach by air and land route. Ngapali is now a well developed sea resort with modest hotels and a golf course. Another beach down south along the Martaban Sea is called Maungmagan in Dawei region. It has a large sandy stretch. Set-se beach, Mawlamyaing, Chaungthar near Pathein and Kanthayar beach near Yangon are also nice place to frequent. Latest addition to new beaches is beautiful Ngwe-saung 29 miles from Pathein.
INLAY LAKE
    Inlay Lake is nestled 900 meters above sea level between the Shan mountains. Nyaungshwe is gateway to the famous lake. It is famous for the floating market, beautiful Inlay longyi and Shan bags. A sacred Phaungdaw Oo pagoda where five images of Lord Buddha reside is a holly place of worship for Buddhists. One of the unique features is that the local boats are rowed by inle People, not with hands but with legs, and thus gain the name of Inlay leg-rowers. The pagoda festival is held with pomp and grandeur every October.
MOUNT POPA
   Mount Popa is seismically an extinct volcanic crater jutting high above the flat plains of Central Myanmar. It offers a steep climb to the top, with greenery and numerous monkeys. Many pagodas are built, and it is believed to be the abode of powerful guardian spirits.
KYAIKHTIYO PAGODA
news12      This pagoda is situated on a rocky mountain 3615 feet above sea level. A massive bell-like stone around 80 feet in diameter is precariously perched at an impossible angle stop a rocky mountain tip. A pagoda was built on the top of the sacred rock, which is completely gilded presenting a majestic scenery. The attraction of Kyaikhtiyo is that it offers about 7'/2 miles of spirited mountain trekking, criss-crossing forests and bamboo groves with accompanying animals and birds of the forests. There are also rest camps and fast food stalls to cater to the pilgrims, recently a motor road is paved reaching right up to the foot of the pagoda pavements taking only two hours.
     The enshrinement Shwehtidaw hoisting and consecration ceremony of Hsandawshin Kyaikhtiyoe Pagoda was held on a grand scale on 19 March 2001.
LAWKA CHANTHA ABHAYA LABHA MUNI IMAGE
     The stone sculptor U Taw Taw happend to find an unusually large marble rock, 37 feet and 7 inches long and 24 feet wide and over 11 feet thick, 500 ton in weight, it is flawless and of high quality in Zakyin village, Mattaya Township, about 21 miles north of Mandalay.
     He asked for permission from leaders of state to carve the marble rock into a Buddha Image. The Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council Senior General Than Shwe, gave guidance that it should be conveyed to Yangon for public obeisance as Buddha Image in accord with religious traditions.
The image was conveyed in July with Yadanar Shwephaungdaw Jetty and taken to Mindama Hill, Yangon on August 2000.
The state gave guidance on caring of Lawka Chantha Abhaya Labha Muni Image and all-round construction work of Mindama Hill, in Insein Township.
NATIONAL KANDAWGYI GARDEN
    The National Kandawgyi Garden in Pyin-Oo-Lwin have been opened with the aim of enabling people to enjoy rest and relaxation, giving education, conducting research and promoting eco-tourism industry in April 2001.
Previously it was Maymyo Botanical Garden which was opened in 1917. It has 436.96 acres, 366.96 acres of land area and 70 acre of water area.
news14
    There were 482 species and 12127 trees. And also 67 species of exotic hand wood, 3577 trees, 75 species of bamboo and 133 species of orchid. There are also have species of birds.
THANDAUNG HILL STATION
   Thandaung has magnificent and lovely climatic and topological features.  Thandaung Hill Station is surround by a number of mountain ranges and located on the edge of a flat mountain which is 4200 feet above the sea level.
     Thandaunggyi was once a village that of Thandaung Town. It is 28 miles away from Taungoo. The 13 mile long road from Taungoo to Thandaung Myothit is situated on the plain and the remaining part, 15 miles long from Thandaung Myothit to Thandaunggyi its a mountain road.
    It is situated in Thandaung Township, Kayin State.
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