Hsin Kyone Fort near Innwa attract local travelers

Hsin Kyone Fort at ancient city of Innwa is a viewpoint for natural beauty of Ayeyawady River.  File Photo
Hsin Kyone Fort at ancient city of Innwa is a viewpoint for natural beauty of Ayeyawady River.  File Photo

Holiday-makers to the ancient city of Innwa in Mandalay also visit the historic Hsin Kyone Fort which is a view point to enjoy the natural beauty of the Ayeyawady River.
Along with the rising tide of the river lending a change of scenery, visitors could also view the city of Hsin Kyone on the opposite bank from the fort. The stronghold contains history dating back to the late Konbaung Dynasty as the Kinwun Mingyi and his delegation brought back their experience of western architecture during their visits abroad to construct this fort.
Together with Hsin Kyone, Minhla Fort, Gway Chaung Fort, Tha Pyay Tan Fort and Ahsaykhan Fort were all modeled after the forts in Portsmouth, England, that faced the open sea.
The square-shaped Hsin Kyone Fort was named after the place it was constructed on back in 1874 and has three layers of walls. The outermost wall measures 355 feet around the fort and 36 feet high. The second innermost wall is 293 feet around with a space of 31 feet between the two walls filled with a moat. The innermost wall is 200 feet around and there is a bridge to cross the moat on the east side of the fort.
The fort and its surrounding continue to attract visitors who come to admire its history, architecture and the river it neighbours.—Nwe Nadi, Myitnge (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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