The Shwedagon Pagoda is situated at Singuttara Hill in Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar. The Pagoda is covered with hundreds of gold plates and the top of the stupa with 72 carat encrusted diamond buds. Which consists of hundreds colorful temples, stupas and statues that reflects the architectural era for 2,600 years of the most impressive Buddhist site, the best heritage of Myanmar and famous for the architecture, sculpture and arts. Visit Myanmar is complete without a visit to the Myanmar’s Landmark 2,600 years old Shwedagon Pagoda.
Visitors have to remove their shoes and socks at the entrance of the Shwedagon Pagoda and also need to change with Longyi (Myanmar traditional wearing) if you are wearing shorts. Entrance fees USD 8 (or) 8000 Myanmar Kyats for one person. Open daily from 04AM to10PM. Optional tour, car and guide reservation can be provided by mail for your visit.
Thingyan Water Festival in Myanmar has been the tradition since Tagaung Period and becomes prominent in Bagan. According to the Gregorian calendar, Thingyan Water Festival falls on the last four days before Myanmar New Year day which is in the second week of April twelfth or thirteenth (The month of “Tagu” in Myanmar Calendar).
Thingyan Water Festival takes place toward the end of the hot and dry season also ushers in the Myanmar New Year. Neighboring Theravada Buddhist countries such as, Songkran in Thailand and Laos, Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia also celebrated Water festival. Many decorated platforms called “Mandats” are built in front of government offices and private business establishments and special Thingyan songs play all the time. The traditional dance performance is the really eye-catching by beautiful Myanmar damsels a round patch of traditional “Thanakha” on the cheeks and sporting springs of yellow “Padauk” blossoms in the hair. During Thingyan Water Festival, The people pouring water each other since they believe that Thingyan water has the power to cleanse the evil and sins of the old year. Children use water pistols to drench their friends, relatives and anyone else in range-only monks, pregnant woman and the elderly are safe.
Thingyan is a time for fun and also a time for religious reflection. Many young and old people go to temples to do merit and offer food to monks, pay homage to elders and bathe Buddha images. Preparing foods and offered to one and all pepople called “Satudithar” in Mandat with Thingyan food “Moke Lone Yay Paw”. Young people pay respects to their elders by washing their hair, cutting their nails and offering them gifts.
Thingyan Water Festival long holidays is normally started from 11 April to 20 April of every year. All rates for tour program are increase 2 times of normal price in the Water Festival time. Optional tour can be provided and can request by mail for your trip.
Thanbyuzayat is the town around 60 kilometers south from Mawlamyine. Prisoners of war who lost their lives during the building for the infamous Burma Railway also known as “Dead Railway” is located in Thanbyuzayat.
Dead Railway Museum opened in January 2016, provide with some historical context with photos, paintings and sculptures documenting the building of the railway. Dead Railway, the 424 Kilometer long lines was constructed using forced labor in hellish conditions in order to secure Japanese supply lines Burma-Siam railway. The line started from Nong Pladuk in Thailand, over the Mae Klong River (later renamed as River Kawai in 1960) 5 Kilometer North of Kanchanaburi, through Payathounzu (Three Pagodas) on the Thailand-Myanmar border and the headed North West to Thanbyuzayat over rough and rugged terrain only 112 kilometer of line ran within boundaries of Burma. Including Australian, Dutch, British and American prisoners of war died for constructing this railway estimate 100,000 people.
The Japanese authorities from a museum in Yokohama donated one of the original locomotives and a plaque; however a memorial has been established complete with train track. Optional tour can be provided and can request by mail for your trip.
Ananda Pagoda festival is usually fall on January, the full moon day of lunar month and holds the annual pagoda festival in every year. The villagers around Bagan come to enjoy the festival with their traditional bull lock carts and use as camps along the festival time. Many famous local troupes known as “Zat Pwal” had come to provide entertainment for the festival. During the festival, walk around in sea of vendors and shops that selling variety of local foodstuff from agricultural implements can be tastes also enjoying the local atmosphere as locality.
On the full moon day of Pyatho’s dawn, the pilgrims are ready with their donations and the Monks make their way between the donor’s lines up from both sides and all reverently place their donations into the monk’s hands. The Ananda Pagoda festival is not only the ritual for Buddhists but also meant for social gathering and reunification for the religion of Buddhism.
There are domestic flights to Bagan-Nyaung Oo airport from Yangon or Mandalay or Inle. Normal passenger boat trip available between Mandalay and Bagan via Nyaung Oo as well. By using Highways Bus to visit Bagan from Yangon, Mandalay and Inle can be available. Budgets, Standard, Superior and Luxury standard accommodation are available in Bagan. Optional Tours also available to check with agent by email. Definitely, visitors can enjoy the traditional local lifestyle of Bagan during the festival time.
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Goteik Viaduct located in Nawnghkio is a railway trestle, Western Shan State in Myanmar. The Bridge is a single rail track and crosses Gohtwin Stream. It is between Pyin Oo Lwin, the summer capital of the former British colonial administrators and Lashio, the principal town of northern Shan State. The Highest Bridge in Myanmar and when the Bridge was completed as the largest railway trestle in the world. The bridge is exist approximately 100 Km from northeast of Mandalay constructed in 1899. The Bridge was completed in 1900 by Pennsylvania and Maryland Bridge Construction. The construction project was overseen by engineer Sir Arthur Rendel for the Burma Railroad Company. It is 689 meters (2,260 Ft.) from end to end with 15 towers which span 12 meters (39ft) along with a double tower 24 meters (79 Ft.) long.
However, it is worth the experience, the train will soon gain high using a series of zigzags. The higher train climbs, the greener views can be seen with vegetable fields and streams cut flower between huts made up of woven bamboo mats. In the sun, farmers bucking under their straw hats and buffalos are grazing in the rice fields. Reach Gokteik viaduct, the train moves walking speed across the bridge, which only adds to the white-knuckle experience and may have been the epitome of engineering when it was built but now is a crumbling antique. Slow high passaging to give ample opportunities for a chance to photographers to catch a shot of a train on the bridge. Crossing takes about 25 minutes, stops included. Audible exhales from those holding the breath can be heard. The groans and yawns of travelers realizing they have several more uneventful hours until reaching their stop.
The optional tour can be available and can request before your trip by email.
The common public transportation around Myanmar is the Train. There are several ways of train route start to operate in Myanmar, 1954. One of the spectacular attraction sites in Yangon is the circular train riding.
Usually, circular train starts to depart from Yangon central station at (06:10) in every morning. Yangon central station is located at Kun Chan road. Circular train takes 3 hours for a loop and stops in 39 station. 400 Ks for local or foreigner and 100,000~150,000 tickets are sold out in every day. There is a huge market named “Danyingone Market” fully with large amount of fresh vegetables and can see carrying huge bundles of the goods by vendors and travel to markets towns along the stations. Some hawkers are selling their wares to passengers and also people go to their business can be seen in the train. A great ways of experience and observe modern life style and culture around Yangon outskirts and analyses from the main part of Yangon to see brief glimpse for the countryside.
Experience of the Yangon circular train riding will give you an authentic taste of modern life style and the interesting views rather than spectacular that there is no other site or attraction in Yangon. If you have free time before your return home and if you interest to see the culture and sampling real life style, Riding Yangon circular train can provides you the perfect sanitized antidote of Myanmar. Optional tour can be available for request by email.