Bagan water vessel owners profit as number of travellers increases

Travellers visit Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan during the New Year holidays.  Photo: Ye Win Naing (Nyaung-U)
Travellers visit Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan during the New Year holidays.  Photo: Ye Win Naing (Nyaung-U)

With more local and foreign travellers visiting famous pagodas in the Bagan area, water vessel owners at the Ayeyawady jetty, near the Bupaya pagoda, are earning a good income by transporting travellers to and from the Tantkyitaung pagoda, said a local water vessel owner.
Local and foreign travellers are interested in visiting Bagan because it has several pagodas that are listed as world cultural heritage sites. They are visiting the pagodas in Bagan area using their own vehicles, express vehicles, three-wheeled motorbikes, bicycles, and horse carts. Some visitors are even opting to take in the scenic views of Bagan area from a hot-air balloon.
“Local and foreign travellers visited Bagan region during the New Year holidays. Some travellers came to Bagan to pay a visit to the four ancient pagodas, namely Shwezigon pagoda, Lawkananda pagoda, Tuyin Taung pagoda, and Tantkyitaung pagoda, located across the Ayeyawady River in Pakokku District. So, water vessel owners transported the pilgrims and earned a good income during the holidays. The fare of water vessels ranged from a minimum of K20,000 to a maximum of K35,000. There are over 200 water vessels at the Ayeyawady jetty,” said Ko Htet, a water vessel owner at the jetty.
In order to ensure safe travel in Bagan area during the New Year holiday, the Nyaung-U traffic police and the pagodas’ boards of trustees are conducting traffic clearance and providing assistance to travellers.—Ye Win Naing (Nyaung-U) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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