5 Tourist Destinations in Myanmar that are Now Being Couped by the Military

Behind the unstable political conditions, Myanmar has extraordinary charm. The following is presented the charm of tourist destinations in Myanmar.

Myamar is becoming the talk of the international world after the political crisis in early February 2021. Myanmar’s military junta staged a coup against the legitimate government and arrested a number of civilian leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi. In order to maintain the stability of the country, the military junta declared a state of emergency in Myanmar and closed tourist destinations for the next year.

There are still many who do not know, behind the unstable political conditions, Myanmar has extraordinary charm and is worth visiting. Here are some of the charms of tourist destinations in Myanmar.

1. Pagan Empire

The Pagan Kingdom was called the first empire in Myanmar in 849-1287. The Pagan dynasty ended in 1289 after losing a battle against the Mongol powers. Located on the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay, what remains of this empire are thousands of Buddhist temples, monasteries and pagodas on 100 Km2 of land of the former capital of Pagan. There are more than 2,200 surviving buildings.

2. Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill is located at an altitude of 230 meters above sea level, offering a stunning urban panorama. In addition, there are many distinctive landmarks from Myanmar, such as Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Bukit Mandalay also has many giant lion statues lined up neatly along the stairs leading to the top of the hill, looking instagramable!

3. Lake Inle

Being one of the largest lakes in Myanmar, Inle Lake is surrounded by 17 traditional villages with different cultures and traditions. In 2015, UNESCO designated Inle Lake as a Biosphere Reserve at the 27th International Coordination Council (ICC) meeting of Humans and the Biosphere. Tourist activities that can be done in this place include shopping at the floating market or learning to weave lotus.

4. Hpa-An

Hpa-An is a small town surrounded by limestone hills. Access to Hpa-An is very difficult, it takes six hours to travel. The city is far from the hustle and bustle of modernity, still beautiful and surrounded by green trees against the backdrop of the beautiful Mount Zwegabin. Saddan Cave in Hpa-An is very unique, it has a huge Buddha statue inside.

5. Mrauk U

Mrauk U is a tourist destination in northern Rakhine in Myanmar. In the years 1430-1785, the city was an important part of the Rakhine Kingdom as a trading center. In 1608, Mrauk U had collaborated with the VOC based in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). Surrounded by hills, the city is home to many heritage sites from the Rakhine Kingdom in the form of pagodas, monasteries, and Buddhist temples.