English and Japanese tourists primarily visit sites of famous World War II events in the Katha Tourist Zone, according to officials.
“Most English, American and Japanese tourists are interested in the Katha Tourist Zone. They are, in fact, the relatives of soldiers who fought battles which took place during World War II. So, relatives of soldiers visit Katha, where their grandparents served”, said U Nyo Ko Naing, the secretary of the Katha Region Heritage Protection Association.
The Katha tourism zone includes Katha, Indaw and Banmauk Townships, and is expected to be extended to other townships.
“Tourists are interested to visit these three townships. Due to well-known literature, tourists visit some of the famous places described in the novel “Burmese Days”, written by George Orwell. Tourists visiting remote towns can be seen with maps describing locations from the novel”, said U Nyo Ko Naing.
“Some tourists are here to have a look at the sites from Operation Thursday launched in 1944. Also, tourists are interested in visiting Man Htuang village, which was built from parts of airplane bodies in Bamuak Township. “Some parts of airplanes are still found in those areas. White City was also constructed in Katha Township. In 2016, No 77 Brigade Commander erected a memorial stone, in cooperation with the Myanmar government”, noted U Nyo Ko Naing.
—Myo Win Tun (Monywa)
(Translated by Hay Mar)