Even though Naypyidaw is still new and unknown, this city, which has been the capital since 2005, has enough to attract tourists. You can currently not apply for a Myanmar visa because of the border closure. However, in this article you can read about some great attractions in the capital.
The Thatta Thattaha Maha Bawdi Pagoda
Myanmar is known as a Buddhist country. This is reflected in the presence of many temples, including in the capital Naypyidaw. The architectural style of the Thatta Thattaha Maha Bawdi Pagoda temple is based on the Bodh Gaya temple in India. This temple is dedicated to the birth of Gautama Buddha, the religious leader who is seen as the founder of Buddhism.
Naypyidaw Water Fountain Garden
This garden of 408 acres consists of a large pond with three fountains. There are also 11 smaller ponds, each with its own fountain. The fountains are only turned on at the end of the day, so your visit will be more enjoyable if you visit this impressive garden later in the day. The garden has a relaxed atmosphere and many beautiful flowers, bridges and old boats can be seen. At weekends, you can enjoy beautiful water shows in the evening.
This prominent monument can be seen from almost anywhere in the capital. The Uppatasanti Pagoda is a large, golden temple that provides a beautiful view in Naypyidaw. Next to the temple you will find a stable containing white sacred elephants. As this temple is built on an elevation, it is nice to go there in the evening. Once the border is open again and you can apply for your Myanmar visa, a visit to this illuminated temple is one of the highlights of your trip in Myanmar.
The National Museum
The National Museum of Myanmar focuses on the art, history and culture of the country. This museum aims to exhibit the cultural heritage and national pride of Myanmar. There are beautiful exhibits, with many replicas of sacred stones, miniature temples and traditional musical instruments of different indigenous peoples. A visit to this museum is a must during your trip in Myanmar.
National Landmark Garden
The National Landmark Garden contains 21 miniatures of famous buildings and monuments in Myanmar. In addition, an organic farm and an amusement park can be found in this large garden in Naypyidaw. Various events are also organised throughout the year, such as music shows and fairs. In short, a nice place to visit for families with and without children.
Naypyidaw Zoological Garden
The capital of Myanmar is home to the largest zoo in Southeast Asia. The Naypyidaw Zoological Garden offers a wide variety of fauna with as many as 89 species. This zoo was opened in 2008, and is therefore very modern in design and architecture. If you have a day to spare during your visit to Naypyidaw, it is certainly worth visiting this large zoo. The Zoological Garden is also a nice way to recover from the hustle and bustle of the capital.
Foot Mark Spa
If you need to relax, the Foot Mark Spa is a good option during your visit to Myanmar‘s capital. The Foot Mark Spa is a perfect place for enjoyable massages and cups of tea. All wellness treatments are available at this spa, from foot massages to body scrubs and from Thai massages to face masks. The restful decor of the Foot Mark Spa will make you feel like you are really enjoying a relaxed day.
National Herbal Park
The National Herbal Park is a large park in Naypyidaw with over 700 species of medicinal and herbal plants from different parts of Myanmar. This park was opened in 2008 by the government to protect the various plant species and to prevent extinction. The fact that this garden of 198 acres can be visited for free makes it a nice place to visit.
During your visit to Naypyidaw, a visit to a food market with all kinds of food is a must. The Thapyagone Market is located close to the city centre and is visited by many locals. In the evening, all stalls with local food are located here. You will also find many restaurants here, which are very popular. In short, this is one of the most important places to eat and drink in Naypyidaw.
This museum consists of two floors. Here, you can see an amazing collection of gemstones. You will also find a number of rare gemstones with background information in both Burmese and English. The museum itself is on the first floor. On the ground floor, there is a shop where you can buy the most beautiful gemstones. The entrance fee for this museum is about £3.
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