Own Golden Glory
Whenever the country of Myanmar is mentioned, many will recognize it as the land of ancient palaces and city walls, and where one can see many pagodas each shining in their own golden glory. It is the land where the natural beauty and the rich cultural heritage are maintained on one hand, and the tremendous efforts for modernization on the other, can clearly be seen. These two magnificent scenarios are the main attraction of Myanmar.
Half of Myanmar is covered by dense forests with springs, waterfalls, rivers and streams where wildlife is in abundance. This rich natural beauty is so well maintained that one can rightfully say that Myanmar is the land of rare natural wonders and sights.
Together with the snow-capped peaks of the high mountain ranges in the north, the economically significant, and one of the longest of the rivers, the Ayeyarwaddy, originates and flows down south to serve as the main waterway for Myanmar. In the central part of the country where the Ayeyarwaddy flows lines the ancient capital of Bagan. Bagan still exists today as one of the most prominent archaeological regions of the South East Asia. At present, constant care and attention is given to maintain the ancient pagodas and edifices of Bagan to provide this or with this breath-taking scenery.
Culture and Traditions
Myanmar's existence dates back to many centuries where under the rule of Myanmar kings and its own culture and traditions, civilization flourished. As part of the restoration of the rich cultural heritage of Myanmar, palaces and related edifices of Myanmar kings have been carefully excavated and renovated or reconstructed to their original designs. These magnificent structures clearly depict the once rich and affluent civilization of the Myanmar people.
Moreover, in the Pon-Taung-Pon-Nyar region of central Myanmar, recent discoveries of some primate fossils dating back to some 40 million years may qualify Myanmar as the region where mankind originated. The findings, as recent as 13 April 1997, however, clearly indicate the existence of Myanmar culture and traditions since time immemorial.
In order to maintain its rich culture heritage, a competition on performing arts is held every year on a nationwide scale, and in 1997 the competition was held for the fifth time. This competition not only maintains the national traditions and cultures but is also able to identify and nurture new breed of artists for the country.
In reality, Myanmar is full natural beauty, and efforts to conserve and maintain the natural environment and continuously being made. The once dry and arid central zone of the country, in the vicinity of Mount Poppa area is now become a scene of greenery.
Myanmar's rich cultural traditions and practices have existed since time immemorial. The exquisite masterpieces of Myanmar craftsmen and the amazing number of pagoda which are scattered all over the country are more than enough to tempt a visitor to stay in Myanmar. In fact these are the priceless national treasure which uphold the age-old, rich traditions and cultures of Myanmar.
Climate and Seasons
Myanmar has the effects of monsoon in different parts of country. Temperature varies from 38C to l9C: humidity from 82.8% to 66%. Myanmar has three distinctive seasons namely, hot (March to May), rainy (June to October) and cool (November to February).