Tourists flock to ancient sites over Thingyan festival

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Travellers throng to an entrance of Mingun Pahtodawgyi. Photo: Aung Ye Thwin

Arrivals of local visitors and tourists in Mandalay increased during the Thingyan water festival, according to sources.
Tourist arrivals to Mingun region and Innwa old city during the festival period was up from the number of visitors last year, said Ko Moe Thu, a local in Mingun region.
Foreign visitors were keen to take part in the festival and visit Myanmar handicraft shops, he added. “Trade in handcrafts is doing well this year as the numbers of foreign and local visitors are higher,” said Ko Moe Thu.
Groups of local visitors, comprised mainly of families, visited Mingun region as they have an interest in spending their vacations in rural areas during the Thingyan period, Ko Aung Nyunt of Mandalay Region.
A German tourist who visited Innwa old city said that he was very pleased and excited about his visit to Myanmar and that he could experience the country’s water festival. Mingun Bell, Pahtodawgyi and Myatheindan Pagoda in Mingun region and Mae Nu Oak Kyaung and Bagaya monastery were packed with visitors during the Thingyan period, said locals. —Aung Ye Thwin

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