The Directorate of Hotels and Tourism (Bagan Branch) has developed seven new travel destinations in Bagan cultural heritage zone in NyaungU Township, Mandalay Region.
The DHT created appealing holiday destinations to enjoy the beautiful natural landscapes and heritage tourism in Bagan. Additionally, community-based tourism will also ensure job creation for the residents. Those destinations are aimed to draw the attention of local travellers and tourists, said U Myo Min Aung, assistant director of the DHT (Bagan Branch).
Awe-inspiring natural wonders of Rocky Lake
The rocky lake is a 30-minute hike from Tuyintaung monastery. Tuyin Hill is located one mile and seven furlongs away from NyaungU town. It is also a bird-watching hike as the visitors can observe the habitat of the dove, Indian roller, Eurasian skylark, Barbary dove and other bird species. The lake is 80 feet long, 80 feet wide and 30 feet deep. The lake has a unique feature with a rocky floor and wall. The lake is located in the south of Myakan Dam and the northwest of the ancient city Bagan. The travellers can drop in the rocky lake during their trips to Bagan temples and picturesque views of Tantkyi Mountain.
Community-Based Tourism in Zee-O-Hla village
Zee-O-Hla village lies between latitudes 25° 30’’ N and longitudes 95° 02’ 15’’ E in the southeast of NyaungU town. It is 13 miles far from NyaungU town. The Sal Forest conserved by the Forest Department is covering 25 acres. About 900 years old Tamarind Tree is the attraction of the village, coupled with the ancient iron furnace that are considered to be from the 1st century AD. This community-based tourism site will captivate the tourists and local travellers with the scenic view and historical narrations of the residents.
Set-Set-Yo village preserving ancient culture
Set-Set-Yo village is situated 20 miles from NyaungU town and it is between latitudes 21° 06’ 30’’N and longitudes 95 ° 08’ 04’’ E in the southeast of NyaungU town. The living condition in the ancient village is enchanting with a myth history. Myanmar traditional hairstyle Sanyitwine (top-knot with a fringe) culture of the village boys and girls and toddy plants climbing occupation and the lifestyle of the villagers are surprisingly attracting the visitors.
Mount Popa with primate species
Mount Popa is 30 miles from NyaungU town and located between latitudes 20° 52’ N and longitudes 95° 14’ E. It is a three-mile-six-furlong hiking trip from Popa village.
The leaf-eating primate species – Popa languar can be found only in Myanmar. The primate species is discovered in the vicinity of Mount Popa, an extinct volcano and pilgrimage site that is home to Myanmar’s most venerated spirits and also provides a vital sanctuary for wildlife. The visitors can enjoy the most stunning hiking tours to Nwalapo, Semon, Hmanpya and Sapapon mountains and study the orchard species.
Viewpoint at Kyaukmyatmaw Pagoda
Kyaukmyatmaw Pagoda is in the south of Myinkaba village between latitudes 21° 08’ 40.7’’N and longitudes 94° 51’ 14.4’’ E and on the bank of the Ayeyawady River. It is a two-storey temple and architecture of the Pyu Era. Temple’s interior design is similar to that of Lawkananda Pagoda. The unique architecture inside the temple is not brickwork yet three feet wide poles are tied between the inner and outer posts of the pagoda. It is considered to be established 12th-13th century AD. The sunset view on the bank of the Ayeyawady River and picturesque mountains are attracting homegrown visitors and tourists.
Gemoe Pond awaiting fun and adventure
Gemoe Pond is located between Legwa and Latpantai villages, two miles and three furlongs from Maha Bodhi Pagoda, which is seven miles away from the Kyaukpadaung-Meiktila Road in the east of Kyaukpadaung town.
The preserved body of the monk U Candha can be seen. The visitors can go on an adventure tour to the rocky ravine with Latngachaung, Getalonso, Sakawwine and Byawbyawkya ponds.
Antique tour in Thepyintaw (CBT) site
Thepyintaw village, which is 12 miles far from the south of NyaungU town, is home to 1,685 residents from 199 households of Kaungtawsit village and 200 households of Thepyintaw village. The about 150-year monastery is also located in the village. They believe in spiritual offerings as well. The villagers are relying on handweaving business, toddy plant climbing, blacksmith and traditional edible oil production. The visitors studied antique hand-winding clocks before the emergence of the inscriptions such as cartouches and ancient carved boxes, as per narrations. Those enthusiastic can observe the antique objects beyond the beautiful mound of Shwenat Mountain. — Ko Htein (KPD)/GNLM