At the museum in Bagan there are many display rooms. The ground floor certainly has one of the most impressive rooms in the entire museum and it is large enough to hold a significant conference.
Instead of being used for this purpose however, it houses many different artefacts from Myanmar’s history, that are significant to the Bagan Period. You will find woodcarvings, stucco works, terracotta, metal works, stone sculptures, and lacquer works among others.
There is also a showroom here which displays some of the clothes that were worn during this period in the country’s history and there are also [...]
The long isolation of Myanmar, still known to many as Burma, may be coming to an end, but there is still a long way to go.
Western sanctions prohibiting commerce with the country have been suspended or lifted in some cases, and over the past year or so the word has gone out that foreign tourists are welcomed by the Parliamentary government, and certainly by the majority of Myanmar’s people.
Lonely Planet placed Myanmar at Number 2 on its list of the top ten countries for adventure travel in 2012, and the tourist board is scrambling to meet the challenge [...]
The leader of democracy in Myanmar is Aung San Suu Kyi and she is going to be making her first appearance in the country’s parliament this Wednesday.
She has been fighting the military dictatorship in the country for over 20 years and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.
She is now in her mid-60s and is going to be taking the oath at the parliament before she can start serving. She is going to be working very hard to help the country transition from a military dictatorship into a democracy, which is going to be a particularly [...]
When Rudyard Kipling wrote about Burma from his experience as a British soldier in the 1890′s he mentioned sunshine and palm trees and temple bells, amongst many other charms.
Back in London after his sojourn in the exotic East, he bemoaned the soggy ‘English drizzle’ compared to his memories of ‘a cleaner, greener land’.
Today there are travel agencies quoting his poetry in their advertisements, and they are not exaggerating – but this is a new development. For the past 50 years or so Burma, now commonly known as Myanmar, has been very much out of the loop as far [...]
One of the marvels of the world, with an admission fee of only $US10 (currently around 8,000 kyat) lies on the plains of Bagan; an accumulation of shrines and temples like nothing else on Earth.
To see it you’ll need to fly to Burma (aka Myanmar) and don’t forget your walking shoes. This country is not on any list of sybaritic luxury tours, but it’s all the more enthralling for that very reason.
Bagan is really an area of flat plain in the bend of the Ayeyarwady (aka Irrawaddy) River in the central region of Burma. It’s sometimes called a city, [...]
Myanmar has witnessed the opposition leader Suu Kyi fail to show up at the opening of parliament last Monday to hear the President’s reaction to the reforms that are due to take place in the country due to many of the sanctions being suspended by the EU.
Suu Kyi`s political alliance has been rejecting the request to defend the military-based constitution should any disputes against the government arise, ever since the Nobel Peace Prize holder won the seat in the parliament.
The disagreement emanates from the decision of the European Union to stop all sanctions against Myanmar`s people to allow [...]
Burma is a country that has been isolated for a very long time and the recent reforms that have taken place in the country mean that it is likely to see an explosion in interest from tourists in the coming years.
During 2010 and 2011, around 400,000 visitors came to the country and it is expected that this year this number is going to increase significantly to around 700,000 visitors.
The country is currently undergoing a great deal of development as it does not currently have enough hotels to cope with the growing demand in the country. A large number [...]
Australia is starting to lift some of the sanctions that they had placed on Myanmar, as some politicians in Canberra have joined the growing troupe of political leaders that are looking for approaches to encourage more democracy in Myanmar.
The decision about Burma, comes just two weeks after general elections took place in Myanmar itself. A significant victory was experienced by the opposition party, led by Suu Kyi.
The US also lifted some of their restrictions just days after the elections. Sanctions made by the US are some of the most extensive and restrictive trade and investment bans, so it’s [...]
If you look in Lonely Planet’s Rough Guide to Asia, the guide doesn’t mention Burma anywhere. Burma, in this instance, is referred to as Myanmar and is found listed after Mongolia.
Mark Farmaner, Burma Campaign UK director, said “You can often tell where sympathies lie depending on which name is used. If they refer to it as Myanmar, it’s an indication that a country is sympathetic towards the regime. Mark Farmaner also went on to say that he doesn’t really think it matters what people call it and that it’s the abuse of human rights that really matters.
“There isn’t [...]
In Myanmar there is a wide range of different cultures but the two main ones are Bamar and Buddhism.
The Bamar culture in the country has largely come from the country’s neighbours and it can be seen represented in the country’s music, dance, cuisine, language, and even its theatre.
In traditional villages in Myanmar, the monastery is generally the central part of life. Monks are very much admired by the people and are supported in almost all activities that they do. When a boy in the country comes of age he is required to enter the monastery and stay there [...]