Over 5,000 pilgrims flock to Bagan Cultural Zone in Thadingyut celebration

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Shwezigon Pagoda.

Bagan cultural heritage zone in NyaungU Township, Mandalay is crowded with over 5,000 pilgrims who came to celebrate the auspicious, significant and noble fullmoon day of Thadingyut (Abhidhamma Day) on 20 October, said U Than Myint Aung from Shwezigon Pagoda board of trustees.
Bagan cultural heritage zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was eerily empty due to the tight restriction period of the COVID-19. It was reopened beginning from 8 February 2021, in line with the health guidelines for COVID-19, NyaungU Township Administration Council stated.
The pilgrims from Heho, Tagaung, Taunggyi, Hopong, Natmauk, Magway, Bago, Pakokku, Kyaukpadaung, Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw visited the zone these days.
Around 2,500-5,000 visitors were seen in the famous historical temples of Bagan city; Shwezigon Pagoda, Tuyintaung Pagoda, Tantkyitaung Pagoda, Htilominlo Temple, Ananda Pagoda, Bu Pagoda, Thatbyinnyu Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, Sulamani Temple, Mahabodhi Temple, Manuha Temple, Shwesandaw Pagoda, and other famous pagodas, according to the board.
The local pilgrims are interested to observe the temples, stupas and mural paintings. Those pilgrimages can revive small businesses such as horse-riding businesses, motorcycle and electric bike rental businesses, hotels, motels, guesthouses and souvenir businesses as the local tourism industry was battered by COVID-19.
Those engaged in local transportation rental business (three-wheel, boat, horse-riding, car, e-bike, cycle, motorcycle), hotels and guesthouses, restaurants and souvenir shops are suffering from this. The businesses relying on tourism were earlier closed amid the COVID-19 negative impacts.
Thadingyut fullmoon day recorded the highest number of pilgrims in Bagan Cultural Zone in the last two years. The pilgrims must strictly obey the health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, U Tin Hla Oo, chair of Htilominlo Pagoda Board of Trustees. – Ko Htein KPD/GNLM

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