Thursday, August 17, 2017

Scenic spots in Yangon for foreign tourists

As places of traditional arts and crafts are exhibited in many places foreigners and locals alike can enjoy their leisure time. Photo – Aung Htay HlaingAs places of traditional arts and crafts are exhibited in many places foreigners and locals alike can enjoy their leisure time. Photo – Aung Htay Hlaing

As the number of foreigners visiting Myanmar is increasing, festivities, displays and recreational places which can attract the foreigners are also increasing year by year.

The biggest attraction for foreigners are Myanmar traditional presentations and arts as well as places where they can relax comfortably.

Places where most foreigners usually visit in Yangon are the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, galleries at Bogyoke Aung San Market and Karaweik Palace, National Museum and other places of interest where they can find wood carving, puppetry, traditional music and arts. Some foreigners also look for places where they can spend their evenings peacefully.

For those who want to spend time enjoying the paintings, there are many places such as Lawkanat Art Gallery which is located at Lower Pansodan street in Kyauktada township, New Treasure Art Gallery located in Than Lwin Road in Bahan township, Gallery 65 on Yaw Min Gyi street in Dagon township, Pansodan Scene Gallery located at Upper Pansodan street in Kyauktada township and Yangon Gallery located in People’s Square in Dagon township where exhibitions related to painting, woodcarving and arts are displayed.

If one would like to learn and enjoy the Myanmar traditional puppetry art, there is a place by the name of Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre which is situated at No. 12, Yama Street in Ahlone Township.

At Htwe Oo Myanmar Traditional Puppet Theatre, puppetry performance is performed daily between 5pm and 6pm as long as there are at least two in the audience. For special puppetry performance shows, there should be at least five spectators.

Anybody can register for the puppet show one day ahead, or can also visit,” says puppetry professional U Khin Maung Htwe (U Htwe).

If visitors would like to have a glimpse of Myanmar culture, the right place would be the Karaweik Palace where one can have lunch or buffet dinner while enjoying 14 kinds of Myanmar traditional dances where the performers are clad in traditional costumes.

There are also entertainment and food that can attract foreigners at The Strand Hotel, which was recently renovated. One can enjoy the entertainment of Myanmar harp and xylophone in the lobby of the hotel.

At The Strand Café’, guests can enjoy twin pleasures of Myanmar style and Western style, where classic high tea and Myanmar high tea is served from 2:30pm to 5pm, and family dinner is set from 6pm to 10 pm. Most of the foreigners prefer the Myanmar high yea served in a very traditional Myanmar lacquer ware tray.

“They also very much enjoy having dinner with Myanmar-style preparations,” said Ma Win Pa Pa Myo, Public Relation Manager of The Strand Hotel.

If guests would like to discover the spectacular sceneries of Yangon’s waterways and the rich historical and cultural landscapes that lie along the banks of the Yangon River, they can take the Royal Green River Cruise and Yangon River Cruise which are luxury cruises that run from 6pm to around 8pm.

Another place that serves Western style dinner together with quality wine is the  Le Cellier at the Novotel Hotel.

Most of the foreigners enjoy their evenings at this venue to taste French age-old wine, which is the major attraction of Le Cellier.

“Most people come to enjoy the breathtaking view of Shwedagon Pagoda while having an aperitif on the terrace of the 14th floor rooftop of the Novotel Hotel,” Amanda Pearl, Public Relation Manager of Novotel Hotel said.

Anybody interested in art combination of Myanmar and French culture, transferring arts shows, musical entertainment shows, plays and photo shows can visit the Institute Francais, at No(340) Pyay road in Sanchaung Township.

If people want to enjoy a combination of German arts and Myanmar arts, the right place will be Goethe Villa, at No (8), Ko Min Ko Chin Road, Bahan Township, Yangon.

The National Theatre, which is at Myo Ma Kyaung Road in Dagon township, not only has shows of Myanmar traditional culture but also cultural exchange programmes with foreign countries so foreigners can spend their leisure time at the theatre enjoying Myanmar and international arts shows.

Translation by Win Taw Tar and

Khine Thazin Han