One of the major cities to travel to in Myanmar is Nay Pyi Taw (Also spelled Naypyitaw or Nay Pyi Daw, translation: “Royal Kings“) located in Pyinmana Township of Mandalay Division. Nay Pyi Taw is the new capital of Myanmar, which was built in the early 21st century to serve as the administrative center of Myanmar. The huge and impressive parliament building – Hluttaw (Parliament House) and all the ministries. Nay Pyi Taw is strategically located in the central Myanmar, 376 kilometers from Yangon and 274 kilometers from Mandalay, easily accessible from both major cities. Nay Pyi Taw is the third largest city in Myanmar and fascinatingly known to be one of the 10 fastest growing cities in the world. Major attractions in Nay Pyi Taw include Uppatasanti Pagoda, the Gem Museum, Water fountain Garden, the National Landmark Garden, Zoological Garden (largest zoo in Myanmar) and Nay Pyi Taw Safari Park. There are flights via Nay Pyi Taw to tourist destinations such as Bagan, Heho, Sittwe, Myitkyina, Kyaing Tong and others.
Tour Highlights in Nay Pyi Taw
- The City Hall (Nay Pyi Taw)
- Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC)
- Uppatasanti Pagoda
- The Gem Museum
- Water Fountain Garden
- The National Land Marks Garden
- Zoological Garden
City Hall is one of the prominent Land Marks of Nay Pyi Taw in which Nay Pyi Taw Development Committee establishes its headquarters which undertakes tasks for development of Nay Pyi Taw. State occasions are held with the accompaniment of the tune of National Anthem played by State Orchestra in Nay Pyi Taw City Hall. That indicates Nay Pyi Taw, administrative City of the Union of Myanmar.
It is located on 16 acres of land with 312,000 square feet in Zabuthiri Township, Nay Pyi Taw. It was built by the People’s Republic of China and completed on 15 March 2010. The MICC has plenary hall that can accommodate 1900 persons. The MICC building is formed with listening rooms, holding rooms, meeting rooms, VIP summit room, news briefing room, singing room and the 720 people capacity Banquet Hall.
The emergence of the 325 feet high Uppatasanti Pagoda lends a certain dignity to Nay Pyi Taw. The pagoda was consecrated on 9 March 2009. In the pagoda precinct are impressive religious edifices such as Maha Hsutaungpyae Buddha Image in Maha Pasadabhumi Gandhakuti Chamber; four jade Buddha images in the cave of the pagoda; statues depicting the birth enlightenment, the first discourse and attaining Nirvana of the Lord Buddha; the 108 feet high flagstaff; Bo Tree Garden with Maha Bo Tree and the images of the 28 Buddhas; the garden of 108 Sacred Bo Trees; Marlini Mingala Lake with the chamber of Shin Uppagutta in it; Withongaraa Ordination Hall; Cetiyapala Chamber; Sangha Yama hostels; Sasana Maha Beikmandaw Building; museum; Pitakat Building and religious Archive. Ceremonies to confer religious titles on eminent monks and ceremonies to offer alms to members of the Sangha were held on a grand scale with the presence of the Head of State at Sasana Maha Beikmandaw Buiding.
The Gem Museum Located in Zabuthri Township, Nay Pyi Taw. The large area of upstairs museum decorated with large wall glasses and beautiful and wonderful decorations in modern designs. In Gems Museum, precious jewels such as ruby and sapphire, quality jade lots and the largest pearl in Myanmar are put on display. Normally, it opens from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm except Monday and Government holidays.
Water Fountain Garden is with a steel structure arch-way. It is also included in the garden are a main pond with three fountains inside and (11) small ponds with (13) different fountains inside the 30 feet (9.1 m) high clock tower, (9) recreation centers, (2) small gardens, (2) stone gardens and ten feet wide buggy road and footpaths.
The National Land Marks Garden located on Thaik Chaung Road near Yezin Damin Zayathiri Township. It has over (400) acres. The Land Mark structures of the national races and their customs. The booths at the Garden reflect the cultural heritage of the national people and foster the Union Sprit. Moreover, the garden proves the long time existence of the Union. The National Land Marks Garden depicts the replicas of the famous Pagodas, Stupas, Caves, River Crossing Bridges, Mountains, Lakes, Water Falls Beaches and Islands in States and Divisions in Myanmar.
The Zoological Garden (Nay Pyi Taw) is situated in 1062 acres of land in Nay Pyi Taw Yezin and it was opened on 26 March 2008. A total of 39 species of mammals, 30 species of birds and 12 species of reptiles are put on display at 27 booths. Among them, the rare and endangered wildlife are being shown at the booths including icy land inhabitant penguins and white tigers. Therefore, the visitors have an opportunity to observe the rare wildlife at the gardens which they could watch only in the movies.
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