The eighth anniversary of the National Landmark Garden was celebrated at the garden in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
At the celebration, performers from the Department of Arts, operating under the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, entertained the visitors with performances, while Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Bamar, Rakhine and Shan ethnic people also performed traditional dances.
Fun activities, games and competitions, dinner and lucky draw programmes were also hosted for the staff working at the National Landmarks Garden.
“The National Landmarks Garden (Nay Pyi Taw) has mock-up buildings of significant landmarks in each state and division in the Union of Myanmar. Therefore, visitors can relax and obtain general knowledge, while enjoying the typical style of living of the national races living in the states and divisions during their visit,” said U Soe Naing, General Manager of the National Landmarks Garden.
Local visitors are charged Ks1,000 for an adult and Ks500 for a child as entry fees, whereas it is US$10 for an adult and $5 for a child for foreign visitors.
“On an average, nearly 900 to 1,000 people visit the garden daily. More visitors are seen during holidays and vacations. Entry is free for monks, nuns, novices and children under five. Discounts are also provided to group visitors,” said U Soe Naing.
“We are going to develop the National Landmark Garden by displaying the cultural heritage, customs, living styles and natural locales of the ethnic people in Myanmar to draw foreign and local visitors,” he added. The National Landmarks Garden is located at 1 mile east of Milestone No.257/2 on Yangon-Mandalay Union Highway, Nay Pyi Taw, and is situated next to the Nay Pyi Taw Zoological Garden.
The National Landmarks Garden was opened on 11 February 2010 to provide a place for recreation and relaxation to the public, as well as to provide general knowledge on the typical living style of the national races of the states and divisions in a single visit. —Kyaw Thu Htet