Shwe Myintzu Pagoda, one of the ancient pagodas in Indawgyi, Mohnyin Township in Kachin State, is now alive with visitors as the travelling season has come.
The number of pilgrims is increasing daily as the COVID-19 infection rate has dropped as well as the rainy season has finished. The pagoda received only a few numbers of pilgrims in 2020 due to the outbreak.
Ma May Thingyan, a resident of Indawgyi, said, “There are more pilgrims this year than last year as the spread of COVID-19 has significantly reduced.”
“I just want those who have never been here to come and visit the Indawgyi Pagoda as this is a well-preserved pagoda with a long history,” she added.
Indawgyi Lake is one of Myanmar’s biggest and the most beautiful lakes with a variety of birds, including seasonal migratory birds from all over the world and wintering birds. The lake is surrounded by mountains and located at 650 feet above sea level. It is 16 miles long and eight miles wide. Indawgyi Lake and five surrounding areas were designated as the Indawgyi Wildlife Sanctuary in 2004. It was also recognized as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2003, as the Ramsar site in 2016 and as a biosphere reserve in 2017. — Zwe Thura Aung (IPRD)/GNLM