Myanmar – An unexplored natural and cultural wonder
With a rich and colorful history of more than 3000 years and a uniquely diverse culture when there are 135 ethnic groups living in the territory, Myanmar will be a fascinating country for visitors who are passionate about cultural exploration.
Myanmar – The Land of Golden Pagodas
Myanmar is known as the land of Buddhism, with more than 90% of the population following the religion of Buddhism. In any province, city, or town, there is at least one Buddhist temple or monastery, which leads to another moniker of this nation, “Land of Golden Pagodas”. This religion deeply affects Myanmar in many fields, especially the cultural and spiritual life of the indigenous people.
Like other Buddhist countries, the Thingyan water festival held in April is the biggest national celebration of Myanmar. In addition, there are two other major holidays: the Thadingyut Lighting Festival (in October) and the Taunggyi Fire Balloon Festival (in November).
A noteworthy feature of Myanmar is their traditional costume, the longyi skirt. It is used as common wear by both men and women due to the suitability for Myanmar’s hot climate, as it allows air circulation for keeping cool.
Must-go destinations in Myanmar
Myanmar is yet to become as well-known as a fascinating destination in Southeast Asia, and it is on the brink of stardom for its magnetic tourist attractions.
- Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda or the Golden Pagoda, is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar. This pagoda is believed to shelter relics of the four previous Buddhas of the present kalpa. Another notable feature of this pagoda is its building material, the stupa’s plinth is made of bricks covered with gold plates and the top is tipped with 5,449 diamonds and 2,317 rubies.
- Kyaiktiyo Pagoda is a renowned Buddhist pilgrimage spot in Myanmar. It is a small pagoda constructed on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves inlaid into by its worshippers. According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of Lord Buddha’s hair.
- Taung Kalat is a Buddhist monastery and temple complex located on the top of a volcanic plug caused by the nearby volcano Mount Popa. The site is a popular pilgrimage destination, where travelers go to the monastery through the 777 stairs.
- Several hundred stunning beaches and magnificent resort islands are beckoning tourists in Myanmar such as Ngapali Beach for snorkeling, the Mergui Archipelago for its Salone Festival, and Chaung Tha Beach for seafood, to name but a few. Most beaches in Myanmar are west-facing, so travelers can immerse themselves in the magnificent experience like a sentimental sunset going down into the sea.
However, all travel to Myanmar should be avoided right now due to civil unrest and armed conflict.
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