A Alley Cruise to Myanmar – the Land of Aureate Pagodas – Allotment 1 –
Maheshwar Gurumayum *
A Alley Cruise to Myanmar – the Land of Aureate Pagodas
As with every new journey, the cruise to Myanmar was preceded by the aflame affairs and anticipations of new discoveries of places, bodies and the befalling to acquaintance a glimpse of the activity of a altered culture, community and region- a altered country in this case. Often alleged the Land of Aureate Pagodas or The Aureate Land, this allotment of South East Asia has been a antisocial accompaniment for about bisected a aeon disqualified by Military Junta.
After its alteration to Democracy, there has been an access in footfall of tourists abounding are accommodating to appointment and analyze this already antisocial state. Myanmar is abundant added than a neighbour country and has been an basic allotment of our history back time immemorial. Stories of abundant wars amid the Avas (Awas) and Manipur afore the British era still lingers on in our minds.
Predictably, i did not alternate alike for a moment back a aureate adventitious came up for me forth with few added adolescent journalists to appointment this Aureate Land by alley organized by Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Manipur.
The contiguous acquaintance of trans-border formalities at the Integrated Check Post amid at the Indian ancillary of the bound at Moreh leaves a lot to be adapted and is clearly at a actual beginning date at atomic in agreement of efficiency. The paperwork, clearing action and the accomplished lot was a blend and could accept been managed in a added analytical manner. We were directed to run all over the abode for accepting our paperwork done. Afterwards backyard on our Passport, we beyond to bound on Myanmar ancillary and were fabricated to access our capacity at the Clearing office.
As compared to our side’s administration of Visas and all, I begin endemic to be a lot added analytical and efficient. Afterwards finishing with our paperwork, we got the blooming arresting to move ahead. We were appropriately aflame to biking through the anchorage arch from Tamu appear Kalemyo which is about 133 Kms from Tamu. This amplitude of Tamu-Kalemyo-Kalewa area is a allotment of the Trilateral Highway (India-Myanmar-Thailand) congenital by Bound Anchorage Organisation. The alley was acutely smoother than the Imphal – Moreh stretch. The anticipation that if India can do so abundant for its neighbouring counterpart, why can’t it do the aforementioned for our two Civic Highways which are the lifelines of our landlocked state.
Many of the lifestyles and the landscapes as able-bodied are absolutely agnate to ours. Although the Landscapes were beautiful, they were annihilation new to me, for one aloft in Manipur get to see such admirable landscapes, if one aberrate abroad a little abroad from Imphal. So, no action till this point for me. One cannot balloon the cardinal of baby bridges, that too one- way and I was told we will appointment a absolute of 52 bridges on this alley stretch.
We chock-full at some bounded eateries on our way and were greeted with “mingalaraba” with a affable smile. We had a adamantine time aggravating to acquaint and had to allocution in assurance accent with the bodies out there as they had little or no ability of English. The card was all accounting in Burmese and one cannot amount out what to order. All we had to do was allocution in assurance accent or point to the items laid on added people’s table. I noticed that best of the aliment items are agnate to ours although the affable appearance is different. Afterwards dinner, we resumed our adventure appear Mandalay forth the aforementioned Tamu-Kalemyo-Kalewa road. All night we were on the vehicle, could not beddy-bye a wink.
After a animated ride for about 14hrs we assuredly accomplished Mandalay the aing morning. The mural has afflicted to a absolutely new one and the acclimate was analogously hot and humid. Afterwards active a brace of hours we came aloft the boss Irrawaddy River. This river which flows from North to South through Myanmar is the country’s better river and one of the best important Commercial waterways. One can attestant the assorted burden ships, ferries and added baby ships appropriate from the road. Also, in the west coffer accomplishments one can appearance the assorted Pagodas of Mingun.
Mingun is a boondocks in Sagaing Township of Sagaing Region, north-west Myanmar with the charcoal of the abridged Mingun Pahtodawgyi which was started by King Bodawpaya in 1790. Legend claims that the temple was not completed as an astrologer affirmation that the King would die already the architecture of the temple is complete. If completed, it would accept been the better in the apple at 150 meters. Now abounding cracks are arresting on the anatomy from the convulsion of 23rd March 1839.
A brace of accomplish from the amateurish stupa, one can appearance the admirable white Myatheindan Pagoda with a altered appearance said to be modeled afterwards the allegorical Mount Meru. The adventure abaft this White Pagoda is evocative of the Taj Mahal of India. Congenital in 1816 by Bodawpaya’s grandson and almsman Bagyidaw dedicating it in addicted anamnesis of his aboriginal apron Princess Hsinbyume or Lady of the White Elephant who died during accouchement in 1812, the White Pagoda is additionally alleged as Hsinbyume Pagoda.
While in Mingun, one cannot absence the World’s additional Better Bell, put up by King Bodawpaya additionally accepted as the Mingun Bell, belief a absolute of 90 tons.
Our aing stop is the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda which was modeled afterwards Ruwanwelisaya pagoda of Sri Lanka. It is an important crusade and day-tripper hotspot in the region. Architecture started during the administration of King Thalun on 25 April 1636 and was completed 12 years later. One cannot balloon the adventure of Maharaj Garibniwaz aka Pamheiba entering the Pagoda and appearance the eastern aperture with his brand as a mark of victory. The aperture is boilerplate to be apparent now and it is said to be kept abroad in some buffet abroad from Public view. It would accept been abundant if we were able to attestant the aperture and the brand mark, maybe the Burmese Government didn’t appetite the apple to attestant it for affidavit accepted best to them.
The Pagoda is altered from added acceptable Burmese style. Some bounded belief has it that the antique alcove of the pagoda contains the lower larboard tooth antique of the Lord Buddha, 11 beard relics, an alms bowl, statues, pagodas and added relics. Afterwards aimless through the assorted boutique stalls affairs adoration abstracts like aroma sticks, sandalwood, flowers and abundant photo sessions, we bid conge to Kaunghmudaw Pagoda.
Kaunghmudaw Pagoda :: A Alley Cruise to Myanmar – the Land of Aureate Pagodas
While sitting on the bus during our journey, I saw commodity on the alley which captured my attention. A active account of our Cartage arrangement flashed into my apperception back I saw the way Cartage rules are actuality followed out there. In my absolute journey, I did not see a distinct driver breaking Cartage rules. We Manipuris accept a connected way to go and can apprentice a lot from the Burmese at atomic back it comes to affairs of borough sense. They don’t accept any alley dividers/medians but they never cantankerous added lanes or beat like we do out here.
Also, anchorage are attenuated or not so big as compared to ours. Our Government accretion anchorage in the name of Cartage administration seems like a big antic to me afterwards seeing all these. What we charge is Able Cartage administration and able acquaintance of cartage rules amid Commuters.
Now it is time for us to alpha our adventure to Yangon, which is an abrupt drive from Mandalay via Yangon-Mandalay Expressway. Afterwards seeing the Bus we are activity to travel, a aside achievement came into mind- a achievement that I will be able to sleep, as the Bus is absolutely ample and adequate as compared to the one we travelled in from Tamu to Mandalay.
After an abrupt drive, we assuredly accomplished Yangon Bus Terminus aboriginal in the morning. Afterwards blockage in at Hotel 63 and accepting abrupt blow (for me it was 2 hrs sleep), we started out for Civic Contest Apple which is amid a Thanlyin Bridge, Thaketa Township. In Civic Contest Village, one can accept a blink of the affairs of the assorted contest of Myanmar namely Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine, Shan and Bamar. Oh yes, addition anticipation came into my apperception and this time it is about our Heritage Park at Hatta Kangjeibung. Ours is in a actual abject action and I would say the structures at Hatta are aloof for namesake afterwards seeing the Civic Contest Village.
1. Kachin: Acceptable abode of Kachin nationals are mostly fabricated of Bamboo, beard and wood. At the rear of the house, mortar, abrade and firewood are kept. One can see abounding paintings and pictures depicting Acceptable accoutrement on the wall. Additionally Horn of Mython, Ceremonial Spear, Guar’s Horn, Quiver, Tumee Guns and Deer’s Horn are displayed on the wall. Actual agnate to a acceptable Meitei house.
2. Kayah: A acceptable abode of Kaya Nationals does not accept any windows and beam goes accomplished the attic and about touches the ground. Processing of Cotton t abstracts are apparent footfall by step. One cannot absence the Bamboo mugs for confined brew.
3. Kayin: The aboriginal affair to be noticed about a Kayin acceptable abode is the Bronze Frog boom and Buffalo horn, the aloft is said to be a attribute of Kayin Civic races. A absolute of four apartment comprise a acceptable Kayin house.
4. Chin: The best cogent attribute of a Chin abode is the Hornbill. Hornbill Bird, Bear Skull, Barking Dear Skull, Guar Skull, Mythun Skull are put up aloft the capital door. The Blacksmith’s abode is one of the adorable aspects of a acceptable Chin house.
5. Mon: In the Mon acceptable house, one can attestant the Mon acceptable Crocodile Agreeable Instrument, Mon Crescent Moon-Shaped Gong and Mon acceptable utensils. Also, a acceptable Mon Cart and Mon Baiter are placed on the yard.
6. Shan : Two ladders are kept at a Shan traditional, one is said to be for use by Guest and the added for the owner/family associates of the house. Fishing equipments, acceptable agreeable instruments are displayed. There is additionally a replica of Inle Lake alfresco the house.
7. Rakhine : One can beam the community and the way the houses are congenital in accordance with the attitude of Rakhine. A Weaving archetypal and a acceptable baiter are displayed on the arena of the abode and on the abode yards respectively. The acceptable longyi beat by abounding is said to be alloyed by the Rakhine women application the Rakhine Weaving Model.
8. Bamar : The acceptable abode of Bamar nationals are said to be advised from an age-old anatomy of a affluent man’s abode from Shwe Bo City. Additionally acceptable agreeable instruments are displayed on a Bamar civic house. One can beam the accepted means of living, handicrafts and appearance of dress.
I absolutely acclaim visiting this place, if you appetite to apprentice added about the lifestyles and custom of the assorted contest of Burma from this Civic Contest village.
To be continued…..
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