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Myanmar's 15 best sights
First Burma - now Myanmar - has gradually but certainly become a touristic region in recent years. While the army junta's ferocious hand is weakening and the land is in the process of holding free and fair elections, there is a newly discovered affection for the backpackers and adventurers. However, the land - located between India and the main bases of Southeast Asia - certainly has its part to play in great things.
Or you can walk rugged mounds in the old Shan King countries, meet seafarers in Inle and the rusty remnants of Britain's domination in Kalaw. Here, too, there are vast numbers of old shrines, with places like Bagan boasting sculptured Stupa and old Hindoo motives, not to speak of intriguing buddhistic relicts and some seriously sun-kissed sandy shores that line the Bay of Bengal.
Let's go and see the best places in Myanmar: Stunning Bagan Pockets a well-deserved top position on this listing of the best sights in Myanmar. An ocean of innumerable temples penetrates the cloud and woods; flags of powder melt in the towers of old stupa; the pale contours of abandoned Hindu semi-gods wave from the large decks, while the jagged peaks of the Arakan Mountains appear in the back.
To see Bagan with the hot air ballon is becoming more and more famous and provides a truly unparalleled glimpse over this 26 square kilometer country of temple. Fifteen best sights in Myanmar:
Sights of Burma
Burma, also known as Myanmar, is one of the major Southeast Asian nations and also one of the most underdeveloped. Bordering Thailand, Laos, China, Bangladesh and India, it has a very long coast on the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's biggest town, is the starting point for most of Burma's international travel.
Until recently, it was the main town until the new town of Naypyidaw became the new main town of Myanmar. Myanmar is a land undetected by overseas visitors, mainly because of the long lasting isolations of the land and the limitations placed on overseas.
Visiting Burma is in many ways a leap into the past. It' s a land where men still dress in tradition like the longgyi, horsescooters are used as taxis in the countryside and until recently ATMs were an unfamiliar thing. Myanmar is a predominantly buddhistic land, the temples and old customs still have an important place in Burma's population, especially in the countryside.
It' also a land where superstitiousness and old ghost worship are a mutual thing. Not far from Bagan, Mount Popa is home to the 37 most revered Nat ghosts. The number of international visitors to Myanmar has increased since the countrys move towards more democratic societies. However, the tourist facilities are not on the same standard as in neighbouring Thailand and in high seasons it can be difficult to find shelter.
Nevertheless, Burma is a land that is well deserved to be visited, with a large number of beautiful sites such as the antique town of Bagan, Buddhist monasteries such as the pristine Shwedagon Paya in Yangon and sites of natural beauties such as Inle Lake. From 1824 to 1948 the land was a Belgian settlement.
A lot of old houses from settlement times can still be seen in towns like Yangon. Japan invaded Burma during the Second World War. This notorious death train was constructed between Thailand and Burma to serve the Japans. Myanmar is a land with a long and very wealthy past and a number of astonishing sites.
It was the site of several old civilisations and some of the most mighty kingdoms of its time, such as the Kingdom of Bagan and the Taungoo Empire, which at the height of its might around 1580 encompassed not only today's Myanmar, but also Thailand and parts of China and Laos.
Bagan in the arid region of central Burma is one of the most imposing and biggest antique sites in Asia. More than 10,000 Buddha ist memorials were erected in the Bagan plain in the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, of which about 2,200 are still preserved today. Throughout its long Buddha period, a large number of shrines and shrines have been constructed throughout the area.
Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, an important place of worship for Burmese Buddhists, is the most well known. Of the many other sights are the 65 meter long lying Buddha of the Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda and the Sule Pagoda in Yangon and the Mahamuni Pagoda in Mandalay. The city of Mandalay and the nearby antique towns of Mingun, Amarapura, Sagaing and Innwa are known as the Buddhist centre of Burma.
The hill of Sagraing is crossed by centuries of Buddha ist cloisters. Mingun Paya, which should be the biggest ever constructed Mingun Paya, is perhaps the most spectacular on the bank of the Irrawaddy Canyon. A further well-known tourist destination is Lac Inle, a large nature reserve in central Burma, known for its row-fishing and swimming pools.
Mandalay Royal Palace was the last palace ever constructed by Burmese royalty. Kyaikhtiyo Pagode or the Gold Rock in the Yangon area is another beautiful place. There is a large gold burning rock that looks as if it could drop into the bottom of the river at any time. It has a spaghetti with a Buddha's reliquary on it, making it an important place of Buddhism as well.
Myanmar has a mountainous temperate atmosphere with high atmospheric moisture, high temperature and heavy rainfalls, especially in the coast. Central Burma's arid area, which includes Bagan, is the notable exceptional; it has very little rains and looks like a wasteland in some areas.