Interview by Kyaw Thu Htet, Photo: Kyaw Ye Swe
The Myanmar News Agency interviewed visitors and pilgrims visiting Nay Pyi Taw during the long holidays.
Myint Myint Than (From Mahn Aung, Rakhine State)
I’ve never been to Nay Pyi Taw even though my brother is stationed here. He’s also free during the 4-day holiday so he showed me around Buddha Gaya and then we’ll go to the safari and the national landmark garden. The roads here are great and its quite developed. I hope our region and the entire country become developed like this.
U Zaw Myo Myat (From Heho, Shan State)
I’m here with my entire family on vacation. We’ve just visited Buddha Gaya and there’s more for us to see. I hope our region gets developed like these big cities and I see the government is working for our development too. I plant potatoes, carrots and other vegetables but since we don’t have a stable market it’s always a 50-50 chance to make a profit or suffer losses. We need a stable market and good vegetable specimens.
Saw Phaw El Chen (Kyarinn Seikgyi, Kayin State)
We came here via Mudon. There are 50 of us on pilgrimage here. We’ve been to the national landmark garden and the water fountain garden. We’re going to PyinOoLwin after this. Our state is thankfully in peace and we are working for its development.
Ko Thiha (Civil Servant, Nay Pyi Taw)
My friends and I gathered to make a donation at a nunnery school in Poppa Thiri township here. I get stressed at work too so these long holidays are a great chance to unwind.
Ma Soe Thandar (Yangon)
I came with my family to Nay Pyi Taw to visit the pagodas. The scenery around here is nice and spacious and the air is clean too.
Ko Maung Thu
Rubber Plantation Labour from Mon State
“This is my first visit to Nay Pyi Taw. Our boss arranged the trip for us. In this trip, I am very happy taking relaxation with my family. We are enjoying family life these days.”
Ko Thet Min Oo, Rubber Plantation business, Kyeikto
“I arranged this vacation for my workers so that they can take recreation and can see the development in Nay Pyi Taw.”
Daw Kyaw, vendor at the National Landmark
“The number of visitors to the National Landmark is increasing these days. I have also earned more these days than other days. I have two children and they are relying on my income.”
U Khaing Zar Tun, Teacher, Myothit Township, Magway Region
“I arranged this vacation for 9th and 10th grade students as they have completed the examination. In Nay Pyi Taw, we visited Buddha Gaya first. The reason why I send the students to this National Landmark is so that they can observe the culture and customs of our ethnic people.”