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Kachin State

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Myanmar is the only country in Southeast Asian region that comprises with colorful diversity of ethnic minority tribes from the white skinned on the north to the dark skinned spread out into the sea. On the northern part of Myanmar in Kachin states, Kachin tribes of white skin are their homeland.

There are also many ethnic clans in different part of this mountainous regions. Minority tribal clans are Khaku, Thaisa, Lasheik, Rawan, Thaikhamti, Lisu, and Taroung tribes known as Pygmies of Myanmar.

 

The mixture of ethnic tribes such as Tibeto Burmans, Lahu, Palaungs can be seen in Kachin land. This region is covered with snow on the mountains year round and accessible only by trekking up and down the high mountains to the tribal villages.
 

Northern Shan (Kyaing Tong)

Kyaing Tong

Kyaing Tong is known for its scenic beauty and homeland of various colorful ethnic tribes. Situated in the eastern Shan State and it is 452 km from Taunggyi and 176km from Tachileik. Places of interest around Kengtong are; the Spa, Naung Tong lake and water fall, Sunn Taung Monastery, Central market and Traditional Lacquerware works, gunpowder works, silver ware works and hand weaving traditional private works. There are many villages of various ethnic tribes resided around Kyaing Tong. They are known as Gon, Lwe, Li, Wa, Lah Hu, Thai Nay, Shan, Li Shaw, Li Su, Palaung, Akha tribes. The tribes can only differentiate by their colorful dresses which is different to one another. Once this restricted area is now safe and sound and best opportunity for the travelers to observe the tribes on these mountainous regions around Kengtong. The Southern Shan ethnic tribes around Taunggyi, Inle and Kalaw are Pao, Palaung and Shan.
 

CHIN Region in the West

Chin State

Chin state is a hilly region on the western part of Myanmar and there are many different Chin ethnic minority tribes from the northern mountain ranges to the south that stretches down to the edge of Rakhine state.
Tattooed Chin: Tribal Chin clans are different with the tribes from other parts of the country. There are three different tribal Chin on the southern part of Chin region, known as Chinbon, Chinbok and Layhtoo Chin with three different kinds of facial tattoos. This tattooing tradition started since over thousand years ago, the men from neighboring found of pretty chin ladies and captured for slavery and wife. So the Chin tribes started tattooing the girl’s face to protect from slavery of intruders. Tattooing the Chin ladies are with legend and nowadays becomes traditions of the Chin tribes from the northern part of Chin mountain ranges down to the South near Mrauk-U Rakhine state.
 

THE TRIBAL NAGA LAND

Naga Festival

nagaNaga hill tribes are living in the Northern part of Chin region, and Sagaing division, close to Indian border. Traditionally they are fierce tribal warriors ornamented with feathers of the birds, skin and horns, boar fangs, of the wild beast on their heads ornamented as headdress. The chief warrior wore dyed red color monkey skin on his head and resembled to Zulus warrior tribes in Africa. Traditionally they are proud of hunting the wild beast such as Tigers, leopards and wild boars. There are about 64 different ethnic minority clans in Naga region. This land can be visited only at their time of New Year Festival in January.
 

Myeik Archipelago (Mergui Archipelago)

Myeik

myeikMyeik Archipelago known as Mergui Archipelago is situated between the Andaman sea and the Tenessarim coast that started from Mawlamyaing ( Moulmein ) on the North like finger stretching down to Kawthaung is the tip of the fingernail. The city is adjacent with Ranaung , the border town of Thailand across the Pachan river. The coastal length is about 2760 miles along the Tenessarim coast and the continental shelves are about 82200 sq miles.
 
 

The Salons ( or ) Sea Faring Gypsies

Salon Village

salonSalons are the tribes who were living in the sea around Myeik Archipelago. They are also known as Mawkan tribes and then first noted in the book written by one of the French writer in 1675. Later in the book ‘Siamese White’ written by Maurice Collis, Salons are known as Corselets.
In 1940s, Salon tribes are spreading into small groups on boats and faring around the Islands in the sea. In 1950s, The tribes of these sea faring Salons are almost disappearing from their places and only few of the tribes can be seen on Islands spreading around Myeik.
During the last decade, the government rehabilitated the Salon tribes on the Island of Makyongalet, Zadetgalet and Don palae. Few of these tribes faring on boats are also scattered around the islands of Katan, Aau, Pearl, Green Light, Lampi, Zadetkyi and Zadetkalay Islands.
 

Mrauk U

Kothaung Temple

One of the best archaeological site with attractions is situated in Yakhine State, on the Southwestern part of Myanmar. The ancient capital founded by Rakkhine King Minsawmon in 1433 AD. Then Mrauk U period flourished between 15th century and 18th century. The city is 80 km from the north of Sittwe port city, once known as the Golden Gate by the west traders. Early 17th century is Rakhine’s Golden Age for it’s trading with western countries such as Holland, Spain, Portugal, Maldives, Italy and south India. The temples and Pagodas in Mrauk U are strategically located on the hilltops and look like fortresses. There are countless images spreading all over with some are in ruins, influenced by Indian culture and civilization. Shitthaung Pagoda, from 1535 AD. Kothaung Pagoda, Anndawthein, from 1596 AD. Laungbonpyauk, Dukkhanthein, Archeological Museum and Pitakataik is of famous ancient Temples with countless stupas Indian culture influences. About 8km from Mrauk-U is Ve’Sali, an archeological zone from 4th century. This ancient city is earlier than Mrauk-U period and Ve’Sali was succeeded by a series of small cities although Mrauk-U remained.
 

Ngapali Beach

ngapaliNgapali Beach is the most beautiful beach in Myanmar located in Rakhine State. Although we can reach there by car, airplane is the trans-route solution and it will only take about 45 minutes. It was named by a home sick Italian who said the beach looked like the Naple beach in Italy.

 

Bago

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Bago is located from (80) kilometer east north of Yangon which can be reached by car requiring one and half hour. It was a palace of Mon race and it is an ancient city of the center of lower Myanmar.
 

Shwethalyaung Pagoda

Shwe Tha Lyaung Pagoda is one of a historically ancient pagodas established by Mon King on year 994. It is a big lying Buddha having 16 meter height and 55 meter long. It was renovated in the years 1906 and 1948.


Shwemawdaw Pagoda

Shwemawdaw Pagoda, also called “the Great Golden God”, is located in Bago. It is taller than Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon having 114m. The Shwemawdaw can be seen from as far as 10 km outside the city. It was originally built 1000 years ago. It was damaged by earthquake in the years 1912, 1917 and 1930. Some broken parts of pagoda are still located inside the compound of the pagoda.


Kyaikpon Pagoda

Kyaik-pon Pagoda is located in Bago. There are four 30 meters high Buddha figures seated back to back. It was established on 1476.


Kyaikhtiyo –Golden Rock Pagoda

The Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also known as the Golden Rock, is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site in the town of Kyaiktiyo, located about 210 km away from Yangon as well as 70 km from Bago. The Golden Rock is situated at an elevation of 1,100 meters (3,600 ft) above the sea level, on top of the Kyaiktiyo hill. It is well-known for the rock which seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. It can be reached by car and takes about four hours. Hiking is also possible to arrive at the pagoda or visiting there by truck. Beautiful scenery, trees, and charming faces of villagers can be seen on the way to the mountain. You can surely enjoy the wildlife of Myanmar.

Mandalay

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mahamyatmuni_The last Capital of Myanmar Kingdom was located in the central plain of Myanmar. It was once known as Yadanabon Kingdom. The Palace City was founded by King Mindon in 1857 AD. In 1852 King Mindon of Amarapura learnt that the British guns from gun boats are at its hands reach to the king’s Palace. So he decided to move his Palace to Mandalay. Today this city is abided by its Myanmar traditional culture values and also known as the commercial center of upper country, trades loaming from North to South and East to West and with neighboring countries, China, Laos, Thailand, India & Bangladesh.


Mandalay Hill

mandalay_hillMandalay Hill is located to the northeast of the city centre of Mandalay and its altitude being 236.5m (about 790 ft) above sea level. The height of the hill is going up to 167.64m. Sutaungpyei ( literally wish-fulfilling) Pagoda is situated at the top of the hill and it can be reached by car or stairways on foot which is over 1,700 steps. A very nice view of Mandalay from the top of Mandalay Hill alone makes it worthwhile to attempt a climb up its stairways.


Mandalay Palace

mandalay_palaceThe Mandalay Palace is the last royal palace of the last Myanmar monarchy. It was constructed, between 1857 and 1859 as part of King Mindon’s founding of new royal capital city of Mandalay. Only teaks were used for palace construction. The palace citadel’s four 2 km long walls form a perfect square, complete with a total of 48 bastions with gold tipped pyatthats or spires at regular intervals of 169 m (555 ft) and surrounded by a moat 64 m (210 ft) wide, 4.5 m (15 ft) deep. The palace ceased being on 28 November 1885 when the British entered the palace and took the last King Thibaw and royal family to India after officially ending of the Third Anglo-Burmese War. The palace watch tower and entrance were renovated on 1989.


Kuthodaw

kuthodawKuthodaw is a Buddhist stupa formally titled Mahalawka Marazein located in Mandalay. It was built at the same time of Mandalay palace during the reign of King Mindon on 1857. The stupa is gilded above its terraces, 188 feet (57 m) high, and is modeled after the Shwezigon Pagoda at Nyaung-U near Bagan. It is located at the center and surrounded by 729 kyauksa gu or stone-inscription caves arranged in three rows, each containing a marble slab inscribed on both sides with a page of text from the Tipitaka, the entire Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. The size of inscriptions is 1.52m long, 1.06m wide and 0.15m thick, and about 0.46m of the slab was erected in the ground.


Pyin Oo Lwin

pyinoolwinPyin Oo Lwin, formerly Maymyo is located east of 67 kilometers (42 miles) away from Mandalay, and it is at an altitude of 1070 meters (3510 ft) and 1,000 meter above sea water. The town, named after Colonel (later Major General) James May of the 5th Bengal Infantry stationed there in 1886, served as the summer capital during the British administration. There have many buildings which reflect colonial images. This place is famous for beautiful botanical gardens, water fall, Defense Services Academy (DSA) and Cyber city which has been established on 2007.


Sagaing

sagainSagaing is Located on the bank of Ayeyarwady River, about 45 minutes drive to the southwest of Mandalay. It can be considered as a small city of Bagan since it has numerous Stupas and Buddhist monasteries which were built on the mountains. Besides, there have many memorial stone marks of Japanese soldiers’ who died during the Second World War. The most famous pagodas and places are Sagaing Hill, Padamya Zedi, Sun Oo Ponya Shin, Zedi Hla, Mingun Shwe Myin Tin, Sin Mya Shin, Kazun Naint, Myinsine Pagoda, Padu Zigon, Mi Pauk Gyi, Kyaik Lat Gyaung with wall paintings, Lay Kyun Man Aung, U Min Thoneze, NgaHtatKyi, Kaung Mu Taw, Aung Myay Law Ka, Phaya Ngasu with wall paintings, Pahtodaw Gyi and Mingun Bell, Pandaw Pagoda, Set Tawya and Mya Thein Dan.


Sagaing Hill

sagaing_hillThe main sightseeing spots of Sagain such as Sun Oo Ponya Shin and U Min Thoneze are located on Sagaing Hill. Besides, there have many memorial stone marks of Japanese soldiers’ who died during the Second World War.


Kaung Hmu Daw Pagoda

kaungmudaThis pagoda is famous and it is largest in Sagaing with its large white-washed edifice and large dome built on 1636. The huge dome rises 46 m (151 ft) in the shape of a perfect hemisphere and was modeled after the Maha Zeti Pagoda. There has an inscription inscribed about the history of pagoda. Myanmar women’s favorite “Thanakhar” shops can be seen everywhere inside the pagoda’s compound.


Monywa

monywaMonywa is a city of Sagaing Division which is three hour drives from Mandalay located on the eastern bank of the River Chindwin. There remains more Buddha’s culture heritage than Mandalay. The major tourist attractions in Monywa includes the Thanboddhay Pagoda which has 582,363 of Buddha images with different sizes, lying Buddha named “Shwe Thar Lyaung Paya” with length 111 meter and 10 meter high, and Phowintaung cave complex across the Chindwin River. Besides, there have many memorial stone marks of Japanese soldiers’ who died during the Second World War.


Amarapura

Amarapura meaning “City of Immortality” is situated 11 km to the south of Mandalay. It was the capital of Myanmar for three discrete periods during the Konbaung dynasty in the 18th and 19th centuries before finally supplanted by Mandalay. Although it was a former royal capital having Pa Htoo Taw Gyi Pagoda, Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagoda which all were belongings the king’s palace, the famous one is the wooden bridge with 1,200 meter long named U Bein bridge just across the Taungthaman Lake.


Mahargandayon Monastery

mahagandarmoneIt is the largest Buddhist monastery having over 1,000 monks and novices residing throughout the year and a few hundred are pursuing studies. You will see a big queue of monks walking to the dining room and the scene of daily life of the monk.


U-Pein bridge

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U-Pein bridge was built by U Bain (U Pain), who was the lord of the villages on the other side of Taungthaman Lake on 1849. It is a wooden bridge connecting the two banks of Taungthaman Lake, in Amarapura (City of Eternity), which used to be the capital of Konbaung Dynasty having length of 1.2 Kilometer. This bridge is not only a popular sightseeing sport but also it serves as the most important communication link for the people of this village. The sunset view around the bridge is very beautiful as well as the weather is also cooler with light breeze blowing. This is also one of the favorite and popular visiting places during Thingyan festival.


Innwa

Innwa was established by Myanma kings on 1364 and it was the capital of Myanmar till 1841. This city is located in the Mandalay Division of Myanmar, situated to the south of Amarapura on the Ayeyarwady River. The royal palace is located in a corner of the city wall at Innwa, in Mandalay and Amarapura. The cultural and religious life is still very active in this city, with numerous Buddhist institutions. Collections of paintings, manuscripts, art objects and inscriptions are housed in various monasteries and museums. There has famous monasteries named “Mahar Aung Myay Kyaung” and “Bar Ga Yar Kyaung” built by Teak on 1818 by former kings. Few temples, stupas and monasteries are remained inside the city wall as a small village after a strong earthquake in 1838.


Maharmuni Pagoda

mahamyatmuni1_The Mahamuni Buddha Temple or Mahamuni Pagoda is famous Buddhist temple located 2 Kilometers far from downtown area and southwest of Mandalay. The Mahamuni Image originally came from Arakan. Ancient tradition refers to only five likenesses of the Buddha, made during his lifetime; two were in India, two in paradise, and the fifth is the Mahamuni Buddha image in Myanmar. According to the legend, the Buddha visited the Dhanyawadi city of Arakan in 554 BC. The image is cast in bronze and weighs 6.5 tonnes and is erected on pedestal 1.84 metres high and reaches a height of 3.82 metres. Gold leaves are regularly applied to the Mahamuni Buddha only by male. A bronzed sculpture is situated inside the Mahamuni pagoda’s compound and people believe that by touching the same place of its body who suffered sick will recover quickly.


Mingun Bell

mingun_bellOn the west bank of Mandalay about 11 km, is a small town called Innwa, well known for its world largest ringing bell weights 90.5 ton is at the height of 12ft and the diameter of the mouth is 16 ft wide.


Pathodawgyi

pathodawgyiThe huge temple was built but incompleted by king Bodawphaya in late 1790. It took 15 years to build and the king died before complete it. Instead of 530ft in height as planned is at last only 162ft high. From the upper terrace of the building can be seen the yawning cracks cutting deep down to its solid base. It was the damages caused by many earthquakes in 1838. Two mythical lions in front of the building are at the height of 95ft and the eyes were 9ft in width are now can seen as broken pieces. The huge remnants of the Pagoda and mythical lions still testify the archaeological skills at that time of Amarapura period.

 

Yangon

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Yangon is a major city or main entrance to enter Myanmar. It is one of the biggest business city as well as living people with various religions. The origins of Yangon has started in the year 1755 and it was founded by King Alaung Ba Yar and has given name as Yangon which means no enemies at all. About five million people are living in Yangon. Although the city is quite big, sightseeing on foot is possible around downtown area. There is a lot of department stores, gem centers, fast food and restaurants and convenience stores. Besides, Bogyoke Aung San market is one of the famous tourist attractions for souvenir among other markets. Indian and China towns are also interesting places to visit and crowded with many shops especially in the evening.


Shwedagon Pagoda

shwedagonShwedagone Pagoda, the high light of Myanmar also named Golden Pagoda, was built over 2500 years ago. The legend of the Shwedagon Pagoda begins with two merchant brothers who met the Buddha themselves. The Buddha gave them eight stand of his hair to be enshrined in Myanmar. It is a 98 meters (322 ft) gilded pagoda and sputa located on Singuttara Hill in Yangon. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within, namely the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Konagamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight hairs of Gautama, the historical Buddha. At the very top of the spire is the diamond orb – a hollow gold sphere studded with 4351 diamonds totaling 1800 carats. On the very tip rests a single, 76-carat diamond. There is more than 80 buildings and surrounded by 66 small pagodas. Shwedagon pagoda is always crowded with many people not only from Yangon but also from different regions.


Chaukhtetkyi Pagoda

chaukhtetgyiChauk Htet Kyi pagoda is the famous lying Buddha in Yangon having 17.7 meter high and 65.8 meter long. It was established on 1907 and it is bigger than the other lying Buddha located in Bago.


Sule Pagoda

suleThe sule pagoda is situated in the center of downtown Yangon. The Buddha’s hair relic was enshrined inside of this pagoda. According to legend, it was built before the Shwe Dagon Pagoda and the angel of this pagoda is older than other angels who are taking care of other pagodas.


Botahtaung Pagoda

The Botataung Pagoda literally “1000 military officers” is a famous pagoda located near the Yangon River. The pagoda was built around the same time as Shwedagon Pagoda. The height of pagoda is 40 meters long and hollow type that we can see sacred hair of Gautama Buddha. This pagoda was completely destroyed during Second World War II, and was rebuilt after the war.


National Museum

National Museum was established on 1996 and it is located on Pyay Road, Yangon. The early history of this famous ancient Myanmar can be traced by enjoying the wide range collection of historical , ethnological and archaeological exhibits. Myanmar’s musical instruments, accessories of previous kings and royal families, cultural heritage of national races and paintings have been shown. It is closed on Monday, Tuesday and gazette holidays.


Bogyoke Market

Bogyoke Aung San Market is the second choice for a tourist visiting Yangon, after the Shwedagon pagoda. The market holds attraction from tourists with its colorful architecture and inner cobblestone strects. Its colorful arrays of various items , such as paintings, handicrafts, tapestries , lacquer wares ,traditional costumer ,precious stones, jewelleries etc are worth a wonder, whether you’re buying or browsing. So shopping in Bogyoke Market can be exciting experience.


Kyauktan

Kyauktan is located on the bank of Yangon River. The “Ye Lei” Pagoda (Pagoda on the island) is situated nearby Kyauktan. This pagoda was built by King Zeyasana, the seventh king of the Pada Dynasty in the third century BC. Visitors can feed shoal of river catfish. Visiting to Kyauktan takes one hour by car from Yangon. It is an interesting and recommended place to go should you have enough time.


Tontae

Tontae is situated in 20 km to the south of Yangon , alongside of Yangon and Tontae canal, which is 21 nautical miles long, connecting Yangon River and Toe River. Travelling to Tontae takes about (3) hours for one way. This place is famous for making pot by clay as well as private breeding fish projects. There are 30,000 acres of wetland where fish were bred in 3,089 fishponds in Tontae Township.

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