Things to see in Myanmar

Sights in Myanmar

Clean white sand and the palm-fringed shores of Bengal Bay make Ngapali Beach one of the most sought after beaches in Myanmar. Burma is a fascinating country that is revered as a "wonder of the world". Read on to find out what you can see in Yangon. Burma is still quite undeveloped for tourism. You can discover, see and marvel at many historical attractions.

Burma Sights - Travel destination

YANGONYangon, the capitol, is the major gate to Myanmar. The Yangon was established by King Alaugnpaya on the site of a small village named Dagon when he captured Sub-Myanmar in 1755. Yangon's major tourist attractions are the renowned Shwedagon Pagoda the Shwedagon, which is said to have been constructed more than 2500 years ago, is a highly regarded sanctuary whose rich culture is always enchanting.

The Shwedagon towers 100 meters above the Yangon countryside and is a widely viewable symbol. Further touristic attractions: the 70 meter long lying Buddha of the Chauk-tat-gyi Pagoda; Kaba Aye (World Peace). The Pagoda and Maha Pasana Caves; huge pictures of Buddha's former life in the Maila-mu Pagoda; Mahawizaya Pagoda; National Museum; Bogyoke Aung San Park and Kandawgyi Lake; People's Square and People's Park; and Zoological Garden.

Only 80 km from Yangon is Bago (Pegu)Bago, the old capitol of the Mon Kingdoms of the 14th to 16th centuries and the second Myanmar Emprie founded by Queen Bayinnaung. Some of the attractions are the Shwemawdaw Pagoda, Kalyani Thein (ordination hall), the 55 meter long Shwethalyaung Reclining Buddha, the four huge Buddha pictures of the Kyaikpun Pagoda and the rebuilt Kamboza-thadi Square in Bayinnaung.

Only 30 minute drive from Yangon over the Bago River, Thanlyin was a major harbour from the 14th to the 19th centuries, until it was replaced by Yango in 1755, and was briefly destroyed by the Portugese adventurers de Brito at the beginning of the 17th and 1600. In Thanlyin, the remains of a Catholic church erected in the 18th c. by an 18th c. Baunabite misionary from Italy can still be seen today.

Kyauktan's Kyaikkhauk Pagoda in Thanlyin and Yele Pagode in Kyauktan are some of the sights. There are 27,000 tombs of Alliance troops who were killed in the Second World War in Myanmar on the well-tended area. Myanmar, the last capitol of Myanmar's third empire, Myanmar 668 km northern of Yangon, is both a busy trading centre and a place where old cultures are preserved.

Mandalay is a window to the nineteenth c. artwork and architectural heritage of Myanmar, with the ruins of the ancient royal city and many ancient cloisters. Mandalay Hill, Shwenandaw, and Atu-ma-shi cloisters, Mahmuni, Kuthodaw and Kyauktawgyi Pagodas are some of the touristic attractions of Mandalay. Sagaing Hills is known as a sacred refuge and has over 400 convents and nunneries.

Kaunghmudaw, a huge dome-shaped sideboard erected by King Thalun in 1636, is about 10 km from the town. Amarapura is located about 11 km from Mandalay and is one of the capital cities of Myanmar's third empire. The 1208 metre long timber viaduct of Alderman U Pein crosses Taung Taman Sea and the Kyauktawgyi Lagoon at the other end.

Inwa ( (Ava)In-wa, constructed in 1364, is another old capitol, and for a while Myanmar was known to the early travelers as Inwa. It' famous for the Maha Aung Mye Bonzan (Ok Kyaung), one of the few brickwork cloisters. Situated about 11 km upstream on the west shore of the Ayeyawaddy, the Ayeyawaddy stream, MingunMingun has a giant 50-metre high incomplete marble plateau with a view of the stream, and the 90-tonne Mingun Belfry, the world's biggest bells.

Bodhi ta ta ta tung (a thousand Bo trees), Thanbokde Pagoda, Po-win tung Hills and Kyaukka villages are some of the interesting places to do. There are 142 hectares of botanical gardens, the Pwekauk waterfalls and the Chinese temple. The most important travel stop in Myanmar is Bagan, the capitol of the first Myanmar Empire; one of the most important archeological places in Southeast Asia.

Bagan's 42 square kilometre area includes over 2000 buildings, well-preserved palagodas and churches that represent the wealth of the eleventh century's legacy. Constructed in 1090 by Kyansittha, the Ananda is an early architectural work. Whatbyinnyu TempleOver 66 meters high: The Thatbyinnyutempple, erected by Alaugsithu, Emperor in the mid-12th centuries, overlooks all other memorials and its patio offers the visitor a splendid panoramic view of the Bagan Plains.

Mahabodhi in Bodha Gaya in India: Gubyaukgyi is known for its mural painting that depicts scenes from the earlier life of Buddha. Constructed by King Nadaungmya in 1211: The 50 meter high Htilominlo is one of the biggest of Bagan's churches and is known for its delicate gypsum work.

Constructed by King Narathu in the twelfth centuary, this solid sanctuary has the most delicate masonry in Bagan. The Shwezigon was erected by King Anawrahta, the creator of the first Myanmar Empire, and completed by King Kyansittha in 1084. It was revered by consecutive monarchs and became the model for the later Myanmaragod.

Mount Popa, an extinguished 1,500 m high vulcano that rises from the plain, lies about 67 km south-east of Bagan. It' s famous as the residence of the Mahagiri Nats or ghost deities, to whom the Bagan Magi worshipped every year and whose Shrines are located on a cliffock.

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