Burma is a Southeast Asian country that has a rich history and culture. Apart from this, the country has some stunning places which attract people from all around the world. Burma is more commonly knows as Mayanmar and is located on the Bay of Bengal. The country is a neighbor to India and Bangladesh, and people from both countries frequently visit Burma because of its beauty.
History Of Burma
Burma is not a very large country but is surely a country with a very rich history. The country has had a fair share of invaders as well as settlers. The current majority of the country’s population is said to have migrated from Tibet, while some of the population is said to have migrated from India.
Burma has seen good times as well as bad. There was a time when Burma was expanding a lot during the Indian conquest, but when China started to attack the country and internal conflicts started to rise, the country’s size decreased.
Like most other countries, Britain was also taken over by the British and made a province of India by them. It functioned that way for a long time, but in 1937 it was made a separate colony. The Burmese people were in support of the Japanese support because they wanted freedom from the Britishers, and the Japanese had promised them that they would help them get freedom. But little did they know that the Japanese had very little intention of doing that. When the Japanese took over Burma, many people lost their lives, and the country saw terrible times. SO the people decided to give the country back to the Britishers and win it back.
In the year 1948, Burma finally gained independence from the Britishers and became the Union of Burma. After a lot of struggle, the country finally gained its freedom, but they lost many lives and resources in the process.
After gaining independence, Burma finally had its first general elections in 1960, but the peace and harmony were not very long-lived. As in 1962, Ne Win declared himself the leader of the country. Things were not very favorable for the country for a long time, but finally, in 2015, the country had fair elections and got a new government. The things are better for the country now, which are helping the country develop. This has also resulted in a boost in tourism.
Due to the country’s recent brutal history, many people believed that the country is not safe to be visited. This is not true at all as most of the country’s parts are entirely safe and are completely under the control of the country and its government. People from all around the world can visit the country safely. The misconception is getting erased from the people’s mind slowly and gradually, and as a result, tourism in the country is increasing.
Places To Visit In Burma
Any country with a rich history has great places that can be visited because its places have stood through all the things that have happened and even have their stories to tell. Another thing that attracts many tourists to the country is the prominent Buddhism in the country, and the country is home to some Buddhist temples that are considered very holy by Buddhists.
Sule pagoda is a Buddhist place of meditation that is believed to be more than 2000 years old. The place is also said to be the home to a hair relic that belonged to Lord Budha himself. This attracts a lot of Buddhists from around the world, but they are not the only people who enjoy visiting this place. The architecture of the place is splendid, and because of it being a place of meditation, people visit this place to get inner peace.
Mount Popa is a volcano that has long been extinct, but the beauty of Mount Popa is what attracts people to visit this place. The place is perfect for hikers as they can hike this beautiful mountain and what makes this place even better is that there is a monastery at the top of the mountain. The surrounding landscape is breathtakingly beautiful, and the view from the top is worth all the steps that you have to climb to reach the top of this mountain.
The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most sacred Pagoda’s in the entire country and is said to be more than 2000 years old. The stupa there s made up of several hundreds of gold plates, and more than 4000 diamonds have been used on top of the stupa. This one structure is an architectural wonder, and as a result, it attracts thousands of people to see the glorious stupa every year.
Going to Myanmar and not visiting Bagan would mean that the experience of visiting the country is incomplete. Bagan is one of the most ancient cities of Myanmar and is the home to almost 200 Buddhist monuments that are spread across 26 square miles. Visiting all the monuments is a great experience because all of these are stunning but what is even better is to take an aerial view of the place in a hot air balloon. Hot air balloons are available at Bagan that take people to see the beauty of Bagan, and these rides are usually scheduled in the early morning hours because that is the time when the landscape looks the best from the top.
Burma is a place with a very rich history and a strong culture, and a lot of it is still unknown to most people because they have not visited the country. The country is one of a kind, be it in terms of history or the types of places that it is the home to. Visiting Burma is an amazing experience that everyone should have at least once in their lives.
After traveling all over the world, I finally understand where my heart belongs – Burma.