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Myanmar (Burma) Top 10 Sights[Updated 2018]
Myanmar (Burma) is now one of the hotest destinations in Southeast Asia after opening up to the rest of the South. It is a wondrous region of buddhistic churches, couples and convents, it can be travelled by road or over the Irrawaddy River, which flows through the countryside from Yangon (Rangoon) to Mandalay. Burma hasn't seen much change for centuries - not yet - so now is a good moment to go.
until you heard of a land known as Myanmar. The name of the land - now Myanmar, formerly Burma - even indicates that this fascinating tourist resort has one leg in its past, tradition and way of living, while moving timidly but constantly towards the new.
Burma is known as "The Country of the Pagodas", and visitors quickly learn why. From the exploration of a huge worship centre to the encounter with a small monument on the side of the road, the penetration of faith practiced by the great vast majority is everywhere. Whenever there is an icon of Buddha, there are those who prostrate, pray, sing and offer sacrifices ranging from fruits to plants, from frankincense to candle.
When the penetration of the religious world in people's daily lives makes them think that Myanmar is all about Buddhism, think again. It is a multiracial land with interesting towns, charming towns, breathtaking scenery and exciting sights. Great Britain ruled Burma from 1824 until the country's 1948 Independence.
But Myanmar's constitutional structure still gives the army a powerful vote in the country's leadership. There have been repeated incidents of Burmese armed robbery against Rohingya Muslims living in Rakhine province since August 2018. Rohingyas originated in neighbouring Bangladesh and have been considered intruders since their arrival.
These riots are limited to a small stretch of countryside along the Bangladesh frontier, so it is safer to move through most of the state. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is Myanmar's biggest urban and trading centre. There are the highest number of houses from settlement times in South East Asia.
It is known as a centre of handicraft, with different districts dedicated to different professions. Neighbourhoods are very different in rural towns, where in many ways humans are as much a part of their ancestors. But even in the smallest, most remote towns, as elsewhere in the whole land, traces of the changes are coming from the tradition of life style.
One of the most interesting things about Myanmar is the progressive development from conservative lifestyles to more and more modern.