Sule Pagoda

    The Sule Pagoda is an excellent landmark. It is said to be over 2,000 years old and contains a hair given by the Buddha to two Burmese merchants. Located on a roundabout in downtown Yangon. The golden pagoda is unusual in that its octagonal shape continues right up to the bell and inverted bowl. It is surrounded by small shops and all the familiar non-religious services such as of astrologists, palmists, and so on.

    Mandalay

    Mandalay is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Burma. Located 445 miles north of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, the city has a population of one million, and is the capital of Mandalay Region.

    Agriculture

    The major agricultural product is rice, which covers about 60% of the country’s total cultivated land area. Rice accounts for 97% of total food grain production by weight. Through collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute 52 modern rice varieties were released in the country between 1966 and 1997, helping increase national rice production to 14 million tons in 1987 and to 19 million tons in 1996. By 1988, modern varieties were planted on half of the country’s ricelands, including 98 percent of the irrigated areas.

    U Bein Bridge

    U Bein Bridge is a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar. The 1.2-kilometre (0.75 mi) bridge was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Construction began when the capital of Ava Kingdom moved to Amarapura, and the bridge is named after the mayor who had it built. It is used as an important passageway for the local people and has also become a tourist attraction and therefore a significant source of income for souvenir sellers. It is particularly busy during July and August when the lake is at its highest.

    Bagan

    Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar.

    Ngapali Beach

    Ngapali Beach is a beach located 7 kilometres (4 mi) from the town of Thandwe (Sandoway), in Rakhine State, Myanmar. It is the most famous beach in Myanmar and is a popular tourist destination. Myanmar’s political climate means that Ngapali is not as well publicized as other good beaches of Southeast Asia.

    Myanmar Lacquerware

    Yun-de is lacquerware in Myanmar, and the art is called Pan yun. The lacquer is the sap tapped from the varnish tree Melanorrhoea usitatissima or Thitsee that grows wild in the forests of Myanmar (formerly Burma). It is straw-coloured but turns black on exposure to air. When brushed in or coated on, it forms a hard glossy smooth surface resistant to a degree effects of exposure to moisture or heat.

    Lahpet, Burmese Tea Leaf Salad

    Lahpet, also spelled laphet is Burmese for fermented or pickled tea. Burma is one of very few countries where tea is eaten as well as drunk. Its pickled tea is unique in the region, and is not only regarded as the national delicacy but plays a significant role in Burmese society. Its place in the cuisine of Myanmar is reflected by the following popular expression: “Of all the fruit, the mango’s the best; of all the meat, the pork’s the best; and of all the leaves, lahpet’s the best”.

    The Myanmar calendar subscribes to both the solar and lunar months, thus requiring an intercalary 30-day 13th month every second or third year. Therefore, the full moon days may change from one month to another in the usual calendar. The Myanmar months and the respective festivals are as follows.

    January (Nadaw/Pyartho)

    • Kachin Manao Festival (Kachin)
    • Ananda Pagoda Festival (Bagan)
    • Naga New Year (Sagaing)

    February (Pyartho/Dabodwei)

    • Full Moon Day of Dabodwei (Countrywide)
    • Htamane Festival (Countrywide)
    • Mahamuni Pagoda Festival (Mandalay)
    • Salone Festival (Tanintharyi Division)

    March (Dabodwei/Tabaung)

    • Shwe Dagon Pagoda (Yangon)
    • Kakku Pagoda Festival (Inle)
    • Full Moon Day of Tabaung (Countrywide)
    • Shwe Umin Pagoda Festival (Shan State)

    April (Tabaung/Tagu)

    • Mann Shwesettaw Festival
    • Thingyan Water Festival (Countrywide)
    • Thanakha Grinding Festival (Rakhine)
    • Full Moon Day of Tagu (Countrywide)
    • Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda Festival (Bago)
    • Myanmar New Year Festival (Countrywide)

    May (Tagu/Kason)

    • Full Moon Day of Kason (or) Bo Tree Watering Festival (Countrywide)

    June (Kason/Nayon)

    • Pariyatti Sasana Examination

    July (Nayon/Waso)

    • Full Moon Day of Waso

    August (Waso/ Wakhaung)

    • Taungpyone Festival

    September (Wakhaung/Tawthalin)

    • Phaungdawoo Pagoda Festival (Shan State)
    • Manuha Pagoda Festival (Mandalay Division)

    October (Tawthalin/Tadingyut)

    • Full Moon Day of Thadingyut (Countrywide)
    • Dancing Elephant Festival (Kyaukse)
    • Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival (Mon State)

    November (Tadingyut/Tazaunmone)

    • Matho Thingan (Yangon)
    • Kahtein Thingan Offering (Country wide)
    • Hot-air balloon Festival (Shan State)
    • Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone

    December (Tazaunmone/Nadaw)

    • Kayin New Year Festival