September 20, 2017

Maw Tin Soon pagoda festival crowded with local pilgrims and tourists

Maw Tin Soon pagoda. Photo: Ministry of Hotels and Tourism
Maw Tin Soon pagoda. Photo: Ministry of Hotels and Tourism

Myat Maw Tin Soon pagoda festival is predicted to receive many visitors at the peak of tourist season this year. The Pagoda board of Trustees are taking necessary measures to provide accommodation of high standard.
Maw Tin Soon pagoda festival is annually held from 1st Waxing to full moon of Tabaung for 15 days in the previous years. The pagoda festival has extended from full moon of Tabo-dwe to full moon of Tabaung since 2015 because visitors can explore the socioeconomy of local residents and enjoy the natural scenic beauty while taking a pilgrimage.
This pagoda is situated at Maw Tin Zun, Ngaputaw Township in the Pathein District of the Ayeyarwaddy Divison. There was a temporary guest house including 34 rooms and 16 bathrooms in 2014. There were 13 guesthouses which have 392 rooms and 37 camps in 2015. There are now 19 guesthouses including 272 permanent rooms and 319 temporary rooms in 2016 in order for the local visitors and tourists to stay conveniently during the festival.
Maw Tin Soon pagoda festival attracted over 5000 local visitors and 11 tourists in 2015.The pagoda festival receive 40 tourists, 367 local visitors and 5,095 local visitors of day trip up to 2nd March from 29th February (full moon of Tabo-dwe) and many visitors will come to the festival than those of last year.
The visitors can enjoy many things along the sand bank while drinking the cool coconut juice: picking the sea shells, playing around, biking, driving, swimming, taking photos, exploring the life of fishermen and the handicrafts business. They can pay homage to Shwe Nat Taung, Mya Taung and Shwe Taung pagodas, too, it is learnt.

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