Myanmar in the Chinese sense is a remote suburban area. But in fact, the Myanmar name originates from the local name Myanmar Naingngandaw, which was used in the early 12th century, originally from Brahmadesh in Sanskrit meaning ” the land of Brahma “- the Hindu god of all creatures.
The people in Myanmar worship the Buddhism, visitors to Myanmar can see Buddhist temples and monasteries anywhere, the number can reach to thousands of temples, pagodas, towers, scattered across the country. Buddhism has a great influence on the lives of people, all activities are associated with Buddhist rituals. So, like Cambodia, Myanmar is also known as the country temple.
The temple is the most concentrated in the ancient city of Bagan, including more than 4,000 temples, pagodas, small towers on an area of about 40km2. Many temples, towers were built from the beginning of the Bagan era (11th century).
Yangon – City of no car horn
Vietnam now has direct flights to Yangon – the capital of Myanmar – a peaceful city with thousands of pigeons parked everywhere from wires, roofs, trees, sidewalks and even roadway. What impressed me the most was when we arrived at Yangon Airport, which was the wildlife warning board, they apologized to visitors for not being able to find anything related to the wildlife at all major restaurants in Myanmar. What a lovely idea!
Yangon banned motorcycles so there are only cars. The traffic congestion here is not so different as Bangkok but the people are gentle, they patiently line up without clicking car horns or yelling. Perhaps when there is faith in the good of the Buddha, people will be gentler and more kind, as each morning they gently feed the pigeons on the street.
Yangon is considered as a transit point for tourists to Bago, Bagan, Manday or Inle but Yangon also has many places to visit. First is the Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda – the great pagoda, the most beautiful and sacred pagoda in Myanmar. There are four sacred treasures for the followers of the Buddha, the stick of the Buddha, the water filter of the Buddha, a piece of clothes of Buddhist Kathmandu, and eight strands of hair of Buddha Shakyamuni. The temple is located on Singuttara Hill, from here, the visitors can overlook the city of Yangon.
The “house” of the gods
The night bus is very modern, comfortable and convenient. It will take you from Yangon to Bagan within 10 hours if there is no need to eat in the middle of the night. You only need to have a deep sleep and arrive at Bagan, an ancient Burmese ancient capital with over 2,000 temples and pagodas, at 5am the next morning.
If you like me, being a nostalgic person, you will really be lost in this place – in the house of the gods, because in the red dust the running horses left behind, the space will appear as a both dreaming, and mysterious with the puppets hang all the way and imagine themselves in the midst of the mighty Bagan dynasty in the past.
Bagan’s specialties are temples and of course, it will be a big mistake to miss the sunrise and sunset sightseeing on the ancient tower. In the moment of seeing the sun slowly rising up on the top of the tower or immersed in the light coming out at the end of the dark day, I’m sure you would definitely like me. Standing still, finding yourself fortunate to witness the masterpieces of nature in the land of interference, where people and gods are closer together than ever.
Thatbinnyu Temple, built in the middle of the 12th century, is the tallest temple in Bagan and can be seen at any point in the area. Shwezigon Golden Pagoda – Bagan’s holiest ancient temple with 30 tons of gold inlaid and thousands of gems mounted on the top of the pyramid.
The days in Burma passed quickly, on the night bus back to Yangon, my heart recalls an emotion of missing this peaceful place. To me, Burma is dear and beloved even in Yangon or Bagan since I have wonderful times of both places!