Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Myanmar girl wanders Kathmandu

A couple weeks after returning to Myanmar from my trip to Nepal, I still had vivid memories of the moments during which I stood gazing at the beautiful Himalayan mountain scenery, and the spectacular architecture of Dubar Square of Kathmandu Valley.

I had never been to Nepal before, and I’m sure that most people who go there for the first time have similar experiences of awe and wonder at the amazing sights and landscapes.

I travelled to Nepal from November 18 to 21 as part of a group of about 60 visitors participating in a United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) media workshop on the environment of the Asia-Pacific region.

The schedule for the four-day workshop was very tight, so it was hard to find time to wander around the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu.

Fortunately, one of my friends from UNEP made a plan to visit Dubar Square just before the start of the workshop.

I did not expect to find such beautiful scenery and to get a taste of Nepalese culture from such a short trip to this small country, all the while learning about environmental issues from the workshop.

As our group explored Dubar Square, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site, we saw many other tourists marvelling at the amazing temples and beautiful art.

It was thrilling to be surrounded by the spectacular architecture, which vividly showcased the skills of artists and craftsmen working over several centuries.