Friday, August 18, 2017

New place to view Bagan pagodas

A new place to view the world-famous Bagan pagodas will be opened this month in order to reduce the number of people going to the temples, U Soe Tint, administrator for the Nyaung Oo district, said on Tuesday.

Ko Mauk Lake viewing site in Bagan, which opened in June. Maung Zaw / The Myanmar TimesKo Mauk Lake viewing site in Bagan, which opened in June. Maung Zaw / The Myanmar Times

“The new viewing site is located in Nyaung Lat Phat Kan hill,” he said.” The construction is nearly finished. After its opening, tourists can view the sunrise and the sunset there.”

The construction of the Nyaung Lat Phat Kan viewing place started on April 1. There are path walks around the hill as well as parking spaces for vehicles, according to the Nyaung Oo district administration office.

The Nyaung Lat Phat Kan viewing place is situated at the southeast of Sulamani pagoda. It is 400 feet in length, 23 feet high and 25 feet wide.

“It cost more than K100 million. It can hold nearly 1000 people. We also arrange car parking,” he said.

The Nyaung Lat Phat Kan viewing deck will bring to three the number of viewing places in Bagan’s ancient culture zone. The other viewing areas, which are already in operation, are found at Ko Mauk Lake and Oh Htein Kone

The government decided to construct the viewing decks last year in order to discourage visitors from climbing the pagodas to keep the strength of the temples, after Bagan was shook by a strong earthquake,

Two more viewing areas are to be constructed soon.

‘’It is much better constructing viewing places. If not, the people climb on the pagodas and look at the views, I feel sad as a Nyaung Oo resident for the condition of the pagodas. It is also convenient enjoy the scenery from the viewing places,” said U Moe Hein, a Nyaung Oo resident.

But the government needs to provide detailed information about the location of the viewing areas as it is very difficult for visitors to know these places, added U Moe Hein.