Bilu KyunBílu Kyun
It is a fertile place with paddy paddies and orchards, and it has the atmosphere of a subtropical isle, only without the sands.
There is a brand-new viaduct that connects Bilu Kyun to the continent and allows travelers to travel there themselves. Several of Bilu Kyun's towns are linked to the manufacture of various crafts and domestic goods, from coir fiber matting to slates, although the number of garages has decreased in recent years and many of them are now more tourist oriented than anything else.
Though it is now simple to reach the archipelago by rental motorcycle across the new river crossing, Bilu Kyun is a large archipelago and few natives are able to do so. In the Breeze Guest House, Mr Antony or Mr King take information trips, which normally run from 9.00 to 17.00 o'clock, circumnavigate the islands, stop at various crafts businesses and take a break for a bath.
During the research period, foreign nationals were not permitted to spend the night in Bilu Kyun.
Struggle over Bilu Kyun Bridge
Indignation and protest that a new viaduct in the state of Mon is called after General Aung San have cast a shadow over the changes on the island of Bilu Kyun. Building of the 59. The 8 billion Kyat River Brigde began in February 2015, and the Brigde was formally opened on May 9, 2017.
Situated at the estuary of the Salween River, it connects the capitol Mawlamyine with the municipality of Chaungzon on the Isle of Bilu Kyun. The natives initially wanted to call the Yamanya (in the Mon language) or the Thanlwin (Salween) brig. The natives only found out that they would not find their way when the Ministry of Construction sent Aung Naing Oo, the Mon State Assembly Assistant Spokeswoman, a note in which she told him that the viaduct would be formally opened and was given the name General Aung San after Aung San Suu Kyi's fathers, who died on February 13, the 102. century.
That angered the natives, who felt that the federal administration ignored the Mon people's desires and forced the Bamar majority's wish upon an ethnical group and deprived them of self-determination. It is unlikely that their rage has been fueled by the fact that many racial groups have felt that Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD have been neglecting their predicament since they came to office a little over a year ago and have kept quiet as abuse by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar army) against racial groups has grown in many areas.
It is likely that many have also recalled that General Aung San was the founding father of the Tatmadaw, which has persecuted Myanmar's ethnical peoples since Myanmar's liberation. Indigenous peoples were so indignant that the opening of the viaduct had to be canceled. Then on February 28, Mi Kon Chan, NLD deputy for the Paung community in Mon State, presented a suggestion to the Pyithu Hluttaw (House of Commons) to appoint the Aung San General to oversee the work.
On 2 Mars, this led the local population to a demonstration walk in Marlamyine, in which 3,000 persons took part. Pyithu Hluttaw's suggestion was adopted on 14 Mar, but not all Members agreed. As a reaction to the verdict, almost 20,000 persons followed another demonstration on 19 May.
Demonstrations were chaired by the Committee of the National Movement for the Thanlwin-Bridges. On April 13, the group launched a prayer to resist the use of the name General Aung San for the name. Finally, without prior notice, before sunrise on 27 April, both ends of the viaduct were signposted "General Aung San Bridge" before it was opened to service at 5am.
On March 9, an opening celebration took place. Local rage at the way the NLD administration ignored its beliefs may have helped the NLD lose the Pyithu Hluttaw headquarters of Chaungzon on the island of Bilu Kyun, which it previously owned, on April 1 in USDP polls.
Despite all the excitement surrounding the name of the name of the viaduct, little consideration has been given to how it will affect the Isle of Bilu Kyun and its people. Ogre Iceland is located about 500 meters off the coast of Mawlamyine City, where the Salween River meets the main water.
About 64 towns and 200,000 inhabitants live here. The only way to bring large goods to the islands until the building of the viaduct was the shuttle. Another way to reach the isle was by longtail but obviously they can't transport nearly as much.
Travelers who visit the islands from the relatively fashionable town of Malamyine would be transported back in history. For a long period of a long history, the only means of transportation on the mostly unpaved country lanes was either horse-drawn carriages or bus barrows, which were later replaced by run-down lorries, motorbikes and tucks to bring people on.
There are not many inhabitants because the islands are not part of the nation's power supply and anyone who can get power will pay more than anywhere else in Myanmar. Besides farming, the only industry on the islands are traditionally agricultural and handicraft-based. Also known for Burma's kickboxing tradition during Thingyan New Year festivities in April.
Every of the days a traveling ring is placed in a different template on the whole isle. When the excitement surrounding the name of the name of the viaduct has ceased, its lasting heritage will be how it will transform the Isle of Bilu Kyun and the life of its people. If you want to live the Mon's tradition on the islands, it is probably better to come to Bilu Kyun earlier rather than later, as it is likely to undergo rapid changes as it is now connected to the continent.