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December 14, 2019

Fewer people visiting Bodhi Ta Htaung elephant camp during Thadingyut Holiday

Bodhi Ta Htaung elephant camp in Monywa Township. Photo: Myo Win Tun (Monywa)
Bodhi Ta Htaung elephant camp in Monywa Township. Photo: Myo Win Tun (Monywa)

Although many people are visiting the Maha Bodhi Ta Htaung pagoda in Monywa Township, only a few people have come to the elephant camp during the Thadingyut holiday, according to an entrance ticket collector at the elephant camp gate.
“There have been only one or two foreign travelers. There have also been only a few local travelers. Some local travelers do not know about the elephant camp. The elephants are waiting for guests, to take them for a ride,” he added.
The entry fee for the Bodhi Ta Htaung elephant camp is K10,000 for foreigners and K1,000 for locals. The camp charges K5,000 from locals and K10,000 from foreigners for the elephant ride.
“We don’t want to look around the elephant camp because they charge an admission fee of K1,000. We attended the opening ceremony of the camp. It was a memorable experience for us,” said a local traveler in front of the elephant camp.
“Actually, the charges for foreign travelers are steep. Both the admission fee and the rate for elephant rides are high. So, only a few foreign travelers are visiting the elephant camp,” said a local resident from Monywa township. —Myo Win Tun (Monywa) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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