The most interesting and unusual places in Myanmar
In addition to numerous, sometimes unique temples, there are other equally interesting sights in Myanmar, some of which will be discussed in this article.
Kyaiktiyo pagoda is a Buddhist Shrine located in Mon state, Myanmar. The height of the pagoda is 5.5 meters. It is located on top of a granite stone held on a ledge of rock by unknown forces. Another name – the Golden stone-the Shrine received because of its coating with gold leaf.
According to local legends, the stone was placed on the rock by two Burmese spirits (NATs) about 2500 years ago.
It is believed that a rope can be dragged under a swinging stone, rather than falling down it is helped by the Buddha’s hair, immured in a pagoda. The road to the pagoda of mount kyaikto tedious, so tourists rent a small truck at the foot of the mountain. By the way, women are forbidden to be in close proximity to the stone, especially to touch it.
Mount Popa is an extinct volcano in Burma, with a height of about 1518 meters. The last eruption occurred here in 442 BC. mount Popa is one of the best viewing platforms in Burma: from here you can see the old city of pagan and the canyon with a depth of 914 meters.
Also, mount Popa is considered a sanctuary of spirits in Burma, so there is a Buddhist monastery on top of mount Popa. Every year, during the celebration of the full moon in may-June and in November-December, hundreds of pilgrims climb the mountain.
The 1.2 km long U-bein bridge is considered the largest wooden bridge in the world. It connects the shores of a fairly shallow lake and it is possible to get to the ancient Burmese capital-Amarapura, which now remains only one ruin.
The bridge was built in 1784 using the columns of the old Palace when moving the capital to Mandalay.
It is best for tourists to visit the U-Bain bridge at sunset – at this time of day, you can take interesting photos here.
Freshwater lake Inle
Inle freshwater lake is located in Shan state. Translated from Burmese, “Inle” means “small”. However, it is difficult to call it small – 22 km in length and 10 in width. The depth of this lake is small – only 3 meters in the dry season and 5 meters in the rainy season.
Settlements of various peoples are located around Inle lake. Numerous houses, even streets with gardens, markets and other infrastructure, are built directly on the water.
Mrauk U is an ancient city in Burma, which was built in 1431 by order of the king Minomon. In the XVI century, about 120 thousand people lived here, and the city was the largest trading point in the country.
Today, Mrauk-U has become an ordinary village, much smaller than Bagan. But, despite this, Mrauk-U remains an interesting place for tourists to visit, where the most ancient pagodas are located, including the Shittown temple (the temple of Victory or the temple of 80 thousand statues), the kOe-town temple (the temple of 90 thousand statues) and the Dukhantein temple (the temple of ordination).
Entrance to the city is paid, and you can only get to Mrauk-U by boat. A government ferry to Mrauk-U run from the town of Sittwe (Sittwe) four times a week.
Bagan is the oldest city in Burma, a large temple complex and a place of annual pilgrimages. The city was built in the period from 1000 to 1200 ad on the Eastern Bank of the irrawady river (Ayerwady). Originally bore the name of Arimaddana, which translated means “the City fighting the enemies.”
The religious complex of Bagan consists of 2,200 temples and pagodas and covers an area of 26 square kilometers.
Temples were built over a long period of time, which is why their architecture varies significantly.
The most famous temples include Dhammayangyi, Shwesandaw, Mahabodhi, Amnada, Chve Zi Hon and Thatbynnyu – the largest temple with a height of about 61 meters.