Popular Tourist Attractions in Myanmar
Myanmar, the official name of the Southeast Asian nation commonly known as Burma, is a must-visit destination for travelers who like beaches and Buddha. This beautiful country is dotted with thousands of Buddhist temples. Besides, it has serene white beaches along the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Myanmar is gradually opening to the foreign tourism, so travelers who wish to experience a more traditional Burma can visit this place. If you are planning a Myanmar tour and wondering which attractions you must visit, then read on to know about the popular tourist attractions in this country.
Travelers who wish to explore Buddhist stupas, temples and pagodas must visit the Bagan. This place has more of these Buddhist places that can’t be found in any other place in the world. This makes it the most famous destination in Myanmar. Bagan was also the capital of the First Burmese Empire from the 9th to the 13th centuries. You can find thousands of stupas, temples and pagodas remains, including the famous Ananda temple with its shining gold spires.
Golden Rock, also locally referred to as Kyaiktiyo Zedi is a truly awesome sight. It is a pagoda (zedi) that sits atop a huge rock that appears as if it’s about to fall from the edge of the cliff. The pagoda and rock, both are covered with golf leaf. The locals believe that the rock that is situated 1,100 meters above sea level is held at this place through a miracle of Buddha. Moreover, the pagoda is said to have a strand of Buddha’s hair. It is a pilgrimage for Myanmar Buddhists. Golden Rock is located around a five-hour drive from Yangon and also, includes a long walk. A staircase leads to the pagoda complex that houses various viewing platforms and Buddha shrines.
The Shwedagon or Greater Dragon Pagoda is known to be the most sacred site related to Buddhism in Myanmar as it contains a strand of Buddha’s hair and other religious relics. This 2,500-year-old pagoda is sited on Singuttara Hill in Yangon. Over the centuries, this pagoda has grown from 8 meters to 99 meters. It is believed that Shwedagon pagoda is believed to be built by the Mon during the Bagan period between the 6th and 10th century AD. This pagoda is covered in gold leaf; this stupa is covered in 4, 531 diamonds. The visitors of pagoda are expected to follow a dress code (preferably trousers with T-shirts with elbow-length sleeves) and enter the temple barefooted.
Shwenandaw Monastery is an ancient Buddhist monastery located in the city of Mandalay. Majorly known as the Golden Palace, this edifice is situated in central Myanmar. Originally, it was the part of the Mandalay Palace complex. At once, the entire building was covered with gold, but the gold is inside now. The exterior of this monastery is covered with ornate teak carvings representing Buddhist myths.
Apart from these, Taung Kalat, Mrauk U, Ngapali, Shwemawdaw Paya and Ayeyarwady River Cruise are some of the other famous tourist attractions in Myanmar.