THE NyaungU area in the ancient city of Bagan, located on the bank of the Ayeyawaddy River, has become crowded with visitors this high season with particular interest paid to the pagodas located there—Tuyin Taung, Tantkyi Taung, Shwezigon and Lawkananda.
Most of visitors are foreign tourists according to locals. However, the majority of weekend visitors are Myanmar government staff and other weekending professionals.
Boatmen at the jetty near Buu Pagoda have seen their income doubled from the large numbers of visitors from home and abroad who take boat trips to Tantkyi Taung Pagoda.
During the tourist season boats will charge K35,000 (US$26) for a morning trip and K20,000 ($15) for an evening trip.
Bagan-NyaungU is famous for its amazing landscapes and the chance to observe the culture of the country.
Bagan, the capital of the first Myanmar Empire, is the main tourist destination area in the country. It includes one of the richest archaeological sites in South-east Asia. The Magic of Bagan has inspired visitors to come to Myanmar for nearly 1,000 years. This year’s total number of tourist arrivals has reached more than 4.2 million. It is estimated that the number will increase up to 5 millions by April this year, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
Ye Win Naing (NyaungU)