7 Must-Sees in Nay Pyi Taw and Inle, Myanmar

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7 Must-Sees in Nay Pyi Taw and Inle, Myanmar

Welcome to recommendation page for 7 must-sees in Nay Pyi Taw and Inle, Myanmar. There are a lot to learn and see in both places. Hope you have great times.

Uppatasanti Pagoda

Uppatasanti Pagoda is the prominent landmark in Naypidaw, the capital of Myanmar. The pagoda houses a Buddha tooth relic from China. It is nearly a same-sized replica of Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and stands 99 metres (325 ft) tall. Also called “A Peace Pagoda”, “Uppātasanti” roughly translates to “protection against calamity”. It is the name of a sutra prepared by a monk in the early 16th century. It is to be recited in time of crisis, especially in the face of foreign invasion. Construction of Uppatasanti Pagoda began in 2006, with the stake-driving ceremony, and completed in 2009, built under the guidance of Than Shwe, head of Burma’s ruling State Peace and Development Council.The invitation card for the stake-driving ceremony opened with a phrase “Rajahtani Naypyidaw” (the royal capital where the president resides).

General Aung San Statue

Pyinmana is the town next to Nay Pyi Taw and this place is recognized as one of the most important places in Myanmar history. During the WWII, the National Army was stationed here. This might be the main reason why a lot of people believe that the capital, Nay Pyi Taw was built next to this place. You can see there are a lot of monuments around the town. The special one that we should pay respect to is General Aung San Statue. He is believed to be a hero who liberated Myanmar from British Colonial Rule. Although he did not have a chance to do deliberation because he passed away a few years before that, a lot of people come here to pay respect to him. So, it is a good opportunity to come to this place.

Hluttaw (The Parliament)

Nay Pyi Taw became the capital of Myanmar in 2006 after the government decided to move the capital from Yangon. It is known as the last economic frontier of the world. Nay Pyi Taw has recently held a number of large scale of events including the Southeast Asian Games and World Economic Forum. Myanmar’s vast parliament in Nay Pyi Taw is definitely a site to see. You also have a chance to explore Nay Pyi Taw’s widest highway with 20-lane road. Normally, the parliament house can only be viewed from a distance, you have to ask for permission in advance to be able to get inside the property.

National Museum

This is a new place and it has been opened in 2015. There are many items since the early age until the modern age. At the main hall, you can witness the throne of King Thibaw, the last king of the country. As a national museum, they have dedicated a room for ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). At first, there were only five member countries when it was founded on August 8,1967. And now they have ten countries. They are working towards future together as one community.

Inthar Fisherman

If you travel around 250 km northeast of Nay Pyi Taw, you will finally reach Inle in Shan State. Located in a valley between two mountain ranges, the beautiful Inle Lake is the second largest lake in Myanmar. It is famous for its floating villages and gardens and the unique way of local life of Inthar people. That’s on the water. Inthar means “sons of the lake”.

Inthar people earn their living by planting, fishing and making crafts. They use long tail boat for transportation due to the shallowness of the lake.  Inthar fisherman uses his conical bamboo net rolling into water to catch fish. It is very iconic image of Inle people after all.

Inle Lake Architecture

There are many people living by the lake. The houses are floating on the water with simple design.  The house can be two floors with living room and kitchen downstairs. The people usually commute by canoes and boats.

Burmese Cats

Originally, all Burmese cats were dark brown (sable), but are now available in a wide variety of colors; formal recognition of these also varies by standard.  You can see a lot of them at Inthar Heritage House. Hope you have a great time playing with all cats and learn the history of them since the 19th century during British Colonial Rule.

It would take 5.30 hours from Nay Pyi Taw to Inle in Shan State. It might be a bit far but it is worth to combine two places for your next trip.

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