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June 20, 2019

72-year-old successfully summits Phonkanrazi Mountain

Dr. Maung Maung Gyi and mountaineers have reached the summit of Phonkanrazi mountain in Putao. 
Photo: Myint Maung Soe

Dr. Maung Maung Gyi, a veteran photographer, successfully reached the top of the 11,900-feet Phonkanrazi Mountain, located in northern Myanmar’s Putao town, ahead of his 72nd birthday.
“I climbed the mountain to mark my 72nd birthday. Another reason was that I like taking photographs. I trained for six months before the trip. I have climbed over 3,000-feet mountains — Seinkhanauk and Myakhanauk near Mandalay Region. Additionally, I have climbed up and down the Banbway and Kyauksin waterfalls. This was my training in climbing,” said Dr. Maung Maung Gyi.
Three other photographers, U Soe Hlaing, Kyaw Zaw Lay, and Hlaing Min Aung, joined Dr. Maung Maung Gyi on his climb. They reached the top of the Phonekanrazi Mountain with the help of 14 mountain guides. The trip took 10 days —from 4 to 13 March—due to extreme weather conditions.
A photo exhibition featuring the natural scenic beauty of Putao and Phonkanrazi Mountain was held at Yangon Gallery in the People’s Park, along with a congratulatory event for the mountaineers.
Dr. Maung Maung Gyi is from Hsipaw Town in northern Shan State. He was born on 31 March, 1947. He is currently residing in Mandalay.
Putao is receiving an increasing number of travellers. The government is planning to get some places in Putao listed as UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites. —Myint Maung Soe
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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