The most interesting and unusual places in Myanmar
We have identified the most interesting and unusual places in Myanmar. This country is one of the most powerful centers of Buddhist culture in all of Asia, for which it is often called the “Country of Golden Pagodas” (there are more than 2.5 thousand of them).
In addition to numerous, sometimes unique temples, there are other equally interesting sights in Myanmar, some of which will be discussed in our article.
Chaittiyo Pagoda is a Buddhist shrine located in the state of Mon, Myanmar. The height of the pagoda is 5.5 meters. It is located on top of a granite stone, held on a ledge by unknown forces. Another name – Golden Stone – the shrine received because of its cover with gold leaf.
According to the legends of local residents, the stone was placed on a rock by two Burmese spirits (natami) about 2500 years ago.
It is believed that under a swaying stone, a rope can be pulled, and Buddha’s hair immured in a pagoda helps him not to fall down. The road to Chaittiyo Pagoda is tiring, so tourists rent small trucks at the foot of the mountain. By the way, women are forbidden to be in the immediate vicinity of the stone, let alone touch it.
Mount Popa is an extinct volcano in Burma, about 1,518 meters high. The last eruption occurred here in 442 BC. e. 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 the 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.
1.2 km long U-Bein Bridge is considered the largest wooden bridge in the world. It connects the shores of a rather shallow lake and through it you can get to the ancient Burmese capital – Amarapura, from which now there are only one ruin.
The bridge was built in 1784 using the columns of the old palace when moving the capital to Mandalay.
Tourists are best to visit the U-Bein bridge at sunset – at this time of day you can take interesting photographs.
Inle freshwater lake is located in the state of Shan. Translated from the Burmese language, “inle” means “small”. However, it’s difficult to call him small – 22 km long and 10 km wide. The depth of this lake is small – only 3 meters in the dry season and 5 meters in the rainy season.
Around Lake Inle are settlements of various peoples. Numerous houses, even streets with vegetable gardens, a market and other infrastructure, are built directly on the water.
Mrauk-U is an ancient city in Burma, built in 1431 by order of King Minsomon. In the XVI century, about 120 thousand people lived here, the city was the largest retail outlet in the country.
Today Mrauk-U has turned into an ordinary village, noticeably inferior in size to Bagan. But, despite this, Mrauk-U remains an interesting place for tourists to visit, where the oldest pagodas are located, including the Shittown Temple (the Temple of Victory or the temple of 80 thousand statues), the Coe Town temple (the temple of 90 thousand statues) and the Dukhanteyn temple ( temple of ordination).
Entrance to the city is paid, and you can get to Mrauk-U only by boat. Government ferries to Mrauk-U run from 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 A.D. on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River (Ayerwady). Initially, it was called Arimaddan, which means “a city that overthrows enemies.”
The religious complex of Bagan is composed of 2200 temples and pagodas, covers an area of 26 square kilometers.
Temples were erected over a long period of time, which is why their architecture varies greatly.
Some of the most famous temples include Dhammayangyi, Shwesandaw, Mahabodhi, Amnada, Chve Zi Hon and Thatbynnyu – the largest temple about 61 meters high.