Visitors flock to Aungmyebonzan Monastery in peak season

Visitors to Aungmyebonzan Monastery take pictures with the rare architecture of the buildings in the background. Photo: Than Zaw Min (IPRD)
Visitors to Aungmyebonzan Monastery take pictures with the rare architecture of the buildings in the background. Photo: Than Zaw Min (IPRD)

Located in the ancient Ava area, on the east bank of the Ayeyawady River in Tadau Township, Mandalay Region, the Aungmyebonzan Monastery is teeming with visitors from home and abroad this peak season, residents say.
“The area has seen a massive influx of both local and foreign travellers during these months. A large crowd gathered in the ancient Ava city on New Year’s Day. Visitors like to see the ancient structure, decorated with rare architectural designs,” said one of the residents.
Built by Queen Me Nu, wife of King Bagyidaw, in 1184 of the Myanmar Era during the Konbaung dynasty the Aungmyebonzan Monastery, also known as Me Nu Oak Kyaung, is a well-preserved building of ochre colour, decorated with ancient architectural designs.
The 192-foot-long, 112-foot-wide and 94-foot-high brick monastery was constructed in the same style as the wooden monasteries of its time. The monastery was damaged by an earthquake in the 1200 Myanmar era. It was renovated by Hsin Phyu Shin Ma, daughter of Queen Me Nu, in 1234 ME.
The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism are carrying out a number of tourism development plans to promote the country’s smokeless industry. —Than Zaw Min (IPRD)

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