Since many people want to participate in the 800th anniversary of Mogok, the demand for bus tickets from Mandalay to Mogok was incredibly high, so all bus tickets sold out yesterday.
The 800th anniversary of Mogok will take place on March 29, 30 and 31. The celebration will be held at Mhone Kwin in Mogok, and includes rice offering ceremony, sport tournaments, music entertainment and games, sermons and ethnic people’s dancing performances.
There are more than 10 bus lines running between Mandalay and Mogok, an area where different kinds of gems are produced. However visitors and locals could not get bus tickets now, even tickets for traveling back to Mandalay are also sold out.
“Tickets are not easily available starting today because the number of passengers traveling to Mogok is so high now. The possibility of getting advance bus tickets to travel back from Mogok is uncertain,” said Ko Maung Maung Soe, a bus driver from the Shwe Pyi Hein bus line.
“I tried to get bus tickets to go to the festival, but staff from bus lines told me that tickets are not available. I called all bus lines to go to Mogok, and I was told that bus tickets were sold out,” said Ma Shwe Yee Lwin, who wants to visit Mogok.
The celebration is held with the aim to develop the gem stone and tourism industries and to show the beauty of the region and the culture of the people in Mogok, which is surrounded by mountains.
The committee for the celebration of the 800th anniversary of founding Mogok said that it has planned for more than 6000 visitors and accommodations and food are free.
“People all over Myanmar are interested in the festival, so the demand for bus tickets in advance is very high. So, bus lines should add more buses. I have heard that some people have to pay more money than the usual bus fare,” she added.
People can travel from Mandalay to Mogok by motorcycle for six hours. Another way to go to Mogok is from Pyin Oo Lwin, which takes just 5 hours and 30 minutes by motorcycle.
A wide range of ethnic people are living in Mogok which boasts large numbers of historic pagodas.