One of the major cities to travel to in Myanmar is Nay Pyi Taw (Also spelled Naypyitaw, Naypyidaw or Nay Pyi Daw; Translation: “Abode of Kings”). 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. Nay Pyi Taw is strategically located in 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 and Nay Pyi Taw Safari Park.
Uppatasanti Pagoda (Translation: protection against calamity) is a renowned landmark of Nay Pyi Taw city. The pagoda is almost exact replica of the famous Shwe Dagon Pagoda of Yangon and houses a Buddha tooth relic from China. At the pagoda, Buddha’s path to the achievement of Nirvana is depicted in majestic statues.
The Gem Museum is a magnificent building in modern architecture, which accommodates many precious jewels of Myanmar such as sapphires, rubies, jades and pearls.
Water Fountain Garden, with an eye catching steel archway entrance, is located near Nay Pyi Taw City Hall. Water Fountain Garden is completed with ponds, fountains, gardens, and recreational centers.
The National Landmark Garden is Myanmar’s largest recreational park, located about 30 minutes from downtown Nay Pyi Taw. In the National Landmark Garden are found the mock-up buildings that indicate significant landmarks of different states and divisions of Myanmar. It is indeed the place to visit and learn Myanmar national races’ cultural heritages, customs, and life styles.
Located right beside the National Landmark Garden, is the Zoological Garden. The zoo is inhabited by more than 80 species of animals. Endangered wildlife animals such as white tigers, and penguins are major attractions of the zoo.
Nay Pyi Taw Safari Park is a wildlife park, featuring hundreds of exotic animals from different parts of the world. The park is divided into Asian Safari, African Safari and Australian Safari, inviting the visitors to experience the nature of rare wildlife animals.
Inle Lake Shan Hills (TaungGyi) Heho
Ngwe Saung Beach
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