Early English Missionary Schools in Myanmar



         Dear Readers, please note that since 1995 the old English spellings and pronunciations of some geographical names in Myanmar had been offi­cially changed to comply with Myanmar dialect.

         In this article old names “Ava” “Taungoo” “Tennasserim” “Mata­ban ” “Moulmein” “Syr­ian” “Bassein” “Akyab” “Arakan” are corrected as “Innwa””Taungnu”, “Tanintharyi” “Moatama” “Mawlamyine” “Thanlyin” “Pathein” “Sittway” “Rakh­ine” etc. —Ed.

         The Myanmar people began to study the English language and literature during the reigns of King Tabin Shwehtee and King Bayintnaung Kyawhtin Nawrahta of Taungnu period in the year 1548 A.D. According to the histor­ical records it is learnt that during the reign of King Bayintnaung Kyawh­tin Nawrahta among the foreigners who arrived in Myanmar the Europe­ans were predominant in number.

            In Historian D.G.E. Hall’s “Europe and Burma” men­tion is made of the fact that during the King Bayint­naung a large number of Europeans including Por­tuguese arrived in Myan­mar on business matters. Among the Europeans Kaiser Fraidarikay, the na­tive of Venice, Italy arrived here in 1569 during the reign of King Bayintnaung. Englishman Mr. Reply Fitch reached Tanintharyi, Moat­ama and Pathein in 1587 and 1588.

            Europeans coming to Myanmar for the first time were merely adventurers, merchants and mission­aries. Especially Roman Catholic Missionaries entered the country slowly and carried out the reli­gions propagations.

            They taught the people English speaking and lan­guage while carrying out the religious propagations.

            Before King Maha Dha­ma Razar of the Naungyan Dynasty 1613, the English literature was used by Roman Catholics as their language and literature.

            After King Maha Dhama Razar attacked and occu­pied Thanlyin and execut­ed Philip Debrito, he took away all the Roman Cath­olics as captives and sent them to the upper Myan­mar. He also settled them down. Since then, the study of English language had become widespread mod­erately. In 1721 its progress was increasing.

            In 1721 during the reign of Taninganway Minn Ro­man Catholic Missionary Banabite who was a native of Rome, Italy arrived at Myanmar. He tried to teach the natives with scriptures and techniques in English while carrying out the reli­gions propagation.

            Banabite’s efforts made most of the Myanmar peo­ple interest in the study of English.

            As people took more interest in English, The lan­guage was taught methodi­cally at Thanlyin and other cities in upper Myanmar.

            After the first An­glo-Myanmar war (1824 -1826), the standard of English teaching had im­proved.

            As he Tanintharyi and the Rakhine divisions fell into the hands of the British colonialists, the natives of Myanmar in these regions had become in touch with the English language. They had become more interest­ed in the study of English.

            They had already learn the English language. Even the Myanmar kings them selves took interest in the study of English. In Au­gust, 1827 King Bagyidaw permitted opening of the English school at Innwa (Ava).

            Roman Catholic Mission­ary Dr. Price was the first man who opened the En­glish school at Ava. One the opening day of the school there were four students only and then increased to seven students.

            Subjects taught at the school were English, geog­raphy, astronomy, science and navigation. Students, though small in number, had passed the examina­tion with good qualifica­tion (credit).

            “The Calcutta Herald” newspaper praised success of the school and outstand­ing ability of students.

The newspaper said that student studying English at Dr. Price’s school were outstanding. Two princes were the best among the students. They could read the Bible (00VDO~6.00) written in English properly and understood.

            They could also draw the world map neat and tidy. In those days Mawlamy­ine was the most promi­nent in the field of English speaking and English teaching.

A sit was a seaport, many of the British steamers berthed. Town dwellers had been always dealing with the English merchants and seamen.

          They had been always in contact with English language and literature. It was recorded that those who could speak English and write English literature were 2500 town dwellers of Mawlamyine only in the ten-year period between 1826 and 1836.

          American Missionary Dr. Adoniram Judson was one of these who made the study of English improve. Dr. Judson arrived at Yan­gon via India in 1803. He reached Mawlamyine in 1833.

            He opened the English schools jointly with mis­sionary wade. The impe­rialist British Government aided these schools with Indian Rupees 500 per month.

            The main objective was to enable the multination­als in this region to speak and write the English lan­guage and literature.

            Dr. Judson was the per­son who not only opened the English schools but also compiled the En­glish-Myanmar Dictionary and the Myanmar-English Dictionary for the people of Myanmar to understand the English language prop­erty.

            In 1834 the British Gov­ernment established as English school at Maingay Street in Mawlamyine. American Missionary C. Bennett supervised the school.

            This school was the first one among the schools established by the British Government. In addi­tion to the government school, many missionary schools had sprung up in Mawlamyine. In 1843 St. Mathew Boys School and in 1844 St. Joseph Convent School were established in Mawlamyine. Similarly, the British Government-sponsored school had appeared in the Rahkine Division-one at Kyaukphyu in 1835 and another school at Sittway in 1837.


While the British gov­ernment established the English schools in the Tnintharyi and the Rakhine Divisions, the Myanmar king also hired the foreign missionaries to estab­lish the English language schools at Yatanabon Nay­pydaw-Mandalay,

         Prince Mekhayer took more interest in study­ing the English language among the persons of royal lineage. He compiled the English-Myanmar dictio­nary which would help the study of English.

           The prince learn the English language at Brit­ish merchant Rogers. He complied the dictionary together jointly with British merchant Lane who had resided in Innwa.

           He had taken five years to complete the compila­tion work. Barney was very much pleased with this dic­tionary in such way that it would contribute greatly to the British officers who un­dertook the administrative words and the Myanmar nationals under the reigns of English Chief Commis­sioner and Myanmar King who wished to learn the English language and also it could be very valuable for the Myanmar Empire.

          On 13thFeburary 1835 Barney submitted the man­uscripts of the dictionary to the Viceroy of India and advised him to publish it with the government fund after scrutinizing its con­tents by compiler Prince Makhayar handover the copyright to Lane.

          Prince Makhayar had confronted many chal­lenges and difficulties in compiling the dictionary with his effort, diligence and knowledge in the five-year period.

          It is highly miserable for the people of Myanmar because the English-Myan­mar dictionary has van­ished from the world of literature.

          Indeed it is a great loss to the world of Myanmar literature and the history of Myanmar.

          During the reign of King Mindon the field of study­ing the English language and literature had become more wide spread. He himself encouraged the study of English, financially aided, and built the English school buildings.


He encouraged both the study of Tri-pitaka scriptures and Myanmar literature and the study of English language and lit­erature simultaneously. He built a school on the vacant plot of land at Mandalay to enable English priest Dr. Marks to teach English to his sons.

          He also provided French Roman Catholic Priest Bigandet with a plot of land and cash to carry out the educational development tasks.

        Under the supervision of Bigandet St. Patrick High School at Mawlamyine in 1868, St. Paul High School at Yangon in 1870, St. Peter High School at Pathein in 1872 and St. Peter High School at Mandalay in 1896 were established respec­tively.

            As King Mindon encour­aged the study of English to his utmost, he donated 30,000 in Myanmar curren­cies to build the English School at Mandalay.

            The Myanmar Gazette Newspaper issued on 21st December 1871 revealed that the Myanmar King do­nated 30,000 in Myanmar currencies to English men to build an English School at Mandalay.

            The Myanmar carpen­ters build the school in accordance with the design given by the English archi­tect.

            The Study of English in Myanmar began to flourish with the strenuous effort of Christian Missionaries.

They taught English lan­guage to the native people in order to succeed the propagation of Christian religion.

            Although the study of English was aimed at carrying out the propaga­tion of religion, it has been extended to the studies of political, social, education­al, commercial and cultural sectors later.

            Nowadays, the English ‘ language has stood as the principle language for in­ternational relations.

            When we study the history of Myanmar litera­ture, we observed that the Myanmar scholars carried out with special attention the tasks leading to the development and thriving of the Myanmar literature which is the traditional cultural heritage.

            In keeping abreast with the international political, economic, educational and social fields they studies English as the foreign lan­guage with special empha­sis.

            The ancient Myanmar’s prowess of performing task in praise-worthy.

 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

Bangalore is now 15th among the world’s top 20 startup hubs. Here’s what makes it hum


On Jul 27, 2015

            US-based Compass, formerly known as Startup Genome, has rated the world’s top tech hubs on five counts: funding, market reach, talent, experience, and performance of startup. Overall, Bangalore came 15th in its latest ranking of ecosystems  up four places from Startup Genome’s last global ecosystem ranking in 2012.

            With US$2.25 billion in funding last year, Bangalore now ranks 6th among startup ecosystems for access to venture capital. Only four US tech hubs – Silicon Valley, NewYork, Boston, Los Angeles  and Tel Aviv in Israel are ahead of Bangalore in terms of VC investment and time to raise capital. This is one of the findings in the Compass report released today on the top 20 startup ecosystems in the world.

            Delhi, which has seen a surge of startup activity over the last couple of years, hasn’t made the cut yet. Nor has Mumbai, which is the other main startup hub in India. Compass data shows that Delhi and Mumbai are still lagging in early stage investment, which involves high risk capital.

            Bangalore scored high not only in funding but also in performance, which is determined by the number of startups, their valuations, and growth rates. It came 10th in this column, one spot above Singapore.



Low in exits, high on seed rounds

            Not everything was rosyfor Bangalore, which is still an immature ecosystem. It got only a 0.2 percent slice of the exit pie in the last two years, with Silicon Valley taking the lion’s share, followed by London, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv. Exits are important to keep investors interested, but rising valuations made up for low exit volume in Bangalore.

            As Bjoern Lasse Herr­mann, founder and CEO of Compass, explains to Tech in Asia:

            For a relatively young, fast-growing ecosystem, the sum of valuations is larger than the sum of exit valu­ations, because the latter is by definition a lagging indicator.

            The large number of start­ups and their performance helped Bangalore rank higher.

            The Compass report notes that Bangalore used to be mostly an outsourcing cen­ter, “hardly characterized for the innovative culture required for creating new technology startups.” So it surprised many to see its ex­plosive growth as a startup hub in the last few years.

            But there’s no stopping it now. In the last quarter, US$740 million of VC fund­ing came in.

            The ecosystems with the most growth in funding in the last three years were Ber­lin (12x), Bangalore (4x), and Boston (3.7x).

          But of all the ecosystems, Bangalore had the highest rise in seed rounds a clear indicator of future growth potential.

            Boston, in contrast to Bangalore, had more exits and stronger late stage fund­ing, but a steady fall in seed rounds each year, suggesting a future decline.

       “Bangalore also boasts an incredibly youthful startup ecosystem, with the young­est average founders’ age of all the top 20 ecosystems,” says the Compass report.

       A study by the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) last year found the average age of startup founders in India to be 32, with three-quarters of them being 35 or below.

       Access to customers, local and global Where Bangalore scored the lowest among the top 20 hubs was in market reach, which looks at access to both local and global cus­tomers.

            India does well in market ‘Size and English proficiency, but compared to the oth­er top startup ecosystems, B2B startups in Bangalore have fewer local corpora­tions with deep pockets to target as clients.

            Compass surveys also showed Bangalore startups did not fare as well as their counterparts elsewhere on global reach.

            “The potential is very large, but the execution is not yet as good as in other ecosystems,” says Herrmann. Bangalore also comes in at a lowly number 17 in the quality, availability, and cost of tech talent, which might come



The Chinese are coming Not surprisingly, start­up hubs in the developed countries of North America and Europe dominate the Compass list, taking 16 of the top 20 spots.

            Bangalore, Tel Aviv, Sin­gapore, and Sao Paulo are the only ones from other continents. Notable absentees from the list are startup hubs from China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.

            “The language barrier slowed our ability to get enough of some compo­nents of data to include them in the ranking.

            We expect to have these ecosystems included in our index later this year,” says the Compass report.

            The entry of the likes of Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Tokyo are sure to make the ranking even more competitive, reflecting the inexorable shift of the world tech order to the east. “Innovation now comes from everywhere on earth,” writes Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and author, in a foreword to the report.

            “Most of the innovation and disruption are coming from new entrants young, fearless, and not afraid to take on the status quo.”

            Two or three decades ago, most tech startups were created in Silicon Valley or Boston.

            Today tech entrepreneur­ship is a global phenom­enon with startup hubs emerging in one country’ after another.

            It is to benchmark these ecosystems and help entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers that the Startup Genome project was conceived by three entrepre­neurBjoern Herrmann, Max Marmer, and Ertan Dogrultan.

            Their 2012 Startup Eco­system Report generated a lot of debate.

            It later re-branded to Com­pass, which also provides automated benchmarking software to startups.

            The 2015 Startup Eco­system Ranking report is its latest attempt to analyze how the world’s tech hubs stack up.


 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

Myanmar encourages B&Bs


July 23, 2015


Filed under Myanmar, News

                YANGON, 23 July 2015: Bed and break­fast establishments could soon open in the remotest parts of the country, once the draft tourism law has been passed.

             One of the first could be in Thandaung Gyi, a town in northern Kayin State until recently off-limits to tourists.

             Tourism ministry’s department chief in Hpa-an, Kayin State, U Win Kyaw, told Myan­mar Times that would-be operators were al­ready lining up to offer B&B accommodation.

             “We have seven operators who want to open B&Bs in Thandaung Gyi. B&Bs should be located away from houses and must have four to eight rooms that can accommodate tourists comfortably.”

             Ministry of Hotels and Tourism director, U Myo Win Nyunt, said late last week that the tourism draft law had not yet been submitted to parliament.

             “The ministry is not yet in a position to issue licenses for B&Bs, but if a state government or the immigration department allows it they can operate, as long as the premises are far from hotels and outside cities.”

B&Bs will help expand the tourism industry as they will appeal to tourists who are on a small-budget.

             Myanmar Tourism Federation joint sec­retary, U Khin Aung Htun, suggested B&Bs should be allowed in Kayah, Shan and Chin states, where villagers would be eager to provide such services.

           Authorities will have to check the premis­es to ensure they meet certain standards on cleanliness and safety.

Last year, the country welcomed 3.08 million international tourists increasing 51% from, 2-04 million visits in 2013. This year, Myanmar tourism is expected to attract 4.5 to 5 million foreign travellers.


 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

Myanmar tourism to expand fast


July 9, 2015

  • Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 9 July 2015:

            Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will target 4.5 to 5 million tourist arrivals in 2015 and 7.5 mil­lion by 2020.

            Myanmar Tourism Mar­keting Committee chair­man, U Phyo Wai Yar Zar, told Myanmar Times that the country’s international airports in Yangon, Man­dalay and Nay Pyi Taw will reach maximum capacity within five years.

            “We need to prepare travel facilities to accom­modate this expected rise in numbers and international airlines are expected to increase flights to Myanmar that will put further pressure on airport capacity.”

            Yangon International Air­port is already undergoing renovations, but facilities at Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw airports must also be expanded so more flights can land, he said. “Many more tourists will come if our airports can handle flights from around the world. This will help us reach our future tourism targets.”

            U Phyo Wai Yar Zar is also joint secretary general of the Myanmar Tourism Feder­ation, which appointed its first overseas representation office in Washington DC, 9 April.

            “We hired the Solimar international marketing company to promote Myan­mar itineraries in the US,” he said, adding that future representation would be considered in Japan. Ministry of Hotels and Tourism director, U Myo Win Nyunt, said the ministry is working to meet tourism arrival goals by implement­ing the Tourism Master Plan 2013 to 2020 and by working with relevant ministries to open new border crossings and improve transportation.

            “New border crossings will open this year, and trans­portation from the Myawady border crossing in Kayin State will also improve, so this should help tourism numbers increase,” he said. He added that tourism arrivals from January to May had exceeded 1 million, but it was too early to tell if the target of 4.5 to 5 million would be achieved by the end of the year.

            Last year, the country wel­comed 3.08 million inter­national tourists increasing 51% from 2.04 million visits in 2013.


 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

In praise of sustainable tourism



The Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) will host the three-day Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) at the PATH Engagement Hub in Siam Tower, Bangkok from September 15 to 17.

            The three-day intensive tourism-training course, which is priced at US$850 per person, targets tourism professionals, hotel manag­ers and engineers, entrepre­neurs, destination planners and managers, protected area managers, architects, travel agents, academic and educators, developers, pol­icy makers and regulators, tour operators and tourism certification bodies.

On the right track

            A new attraction for model railway fans, the Hans-Peter Porsche Traumwerk, has just opened in southern Germa­ny. The models have nearly 3 kilometers of track to run on, and 40 out of the total of 180 trains can operate on the system at any one time. The model railway at Anger, in the Alps on the Austrian border, is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. It is the fruit of the lifelong hobby of Hans-Peter Porsche, 74, a multi millionaire member of the car-manufacturing family. – DPA

China on the march

          The number of Chinese traveling overseas each year is predicted to reach 174 million within the next four years, and they will be spending US$264 billion while doing it, or roughly the gross domestic product of Singapore, according to a new industry survey.

          The Chinese outbound tourism market has been boosted by rising numbers of young people traveling, high disposable incomes, ongoing urbanization and easier visa arrangements to many countries including the United States, Canada, South Korea and Japan. More than 107 million Chi­nese traveled on outbound trips in last year – of which 501,000 (0.4 per cent) made it to Thailand. – China Daily/ ANN.

A trip across the border

          Myeik in Myanmar’s South has gained more visitors after undergoing a border checkpoint upgrade.

          Many Thais are reportedly visiting the Singkhon-Mud­ong permanent check­point (between Thailand’s Prachuab Khiri Khan and Myanmar’s Myeik) since the upgrading was complet­ed early in May. Than Win Zaw, head of the Mawtaung border region immigration department says the region has enjoyed an increasing number of visitors since the opening of the checkpoint. From June 1 to 14, a total of 614 Thai citizens – 55 with border passes and 559 with tempo­rary border passes – visited Myanmar.

            In May, the number reached 1,243. Thailand allows a two-day one-night

stay for Myanmar citizens while Thai citizens are allowed to stay in Myeik for 14 days. – Eleven Myanmar/ ANN

Sense of the Douro

           Six Senses has opened its first resort in Europe. Located in the beautiful Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley, Six Senses Douro Valley presents a superbly renovated 19th-century manor house set high on a hill overlooking the vine covered rolling hills and the river below.

           A spa, a selection of rooms, suites and villas, restaurants, wine library, swimming pools and organ­ic garden are but a few of the many features offered.

           The resort covers 8 hectares and comprises 57 rooms ranging from Supe­rior, Deluxe, River rooms to spacious suites and villas with one, two and three bed­rooms.


 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

Discover stunning architecture, Buddhist and tribal cultures in Myanmar



Daily News Correspondent

            Myanmar is at the top of the list in terms of amazing sights, stun­ning architecture, natural beauty, colorful tribal people, and pure unadulterated Buddhist culture

A visit to this Southeast Asian country is a step back in time; a “cash society” where the first few ATMs were only recently installed. Leave your credit cards and smart phones at home; they are useless oddities here. Having remained off-limits to Westerners and under military rule until recently, Myan­mar, formerly known as Burma, is a frozen in amber time capsule of history.

            As my wife and I discovered on our trip last November, although the small towns and villages are interesting, the larger and most spectacular sites are in or near the main population centers.

            In Yangon (also known as Rangoon), Myanmar’s largest city, Chauk Htat Gyi Pagoda boasts ‘a magnificent 214-foot-long and 40-foot-tall golden robed reclining Buddha whose crown is encrusted with diamonds and precious gems and whose enormous rose- and gold-colored feet bear the 108 auspicious symbols of Buddha. We watched in awe as a group of red-robed monks carefully washed and tended to this massive religious statue in reverent silence.

            The spectacular 2,000-year-old, 12-acre hilltop Shwedagon Pagoda complex has a magnificent dome that rises 300 feet into the air from its base, and is considered the holi­est temple in the country. Its dome is clad in 60 tons of pure gold. Shwedagon towers over Yangon, and the sun glittering off the dome at sunset is a mesmerizing sight. Hundreds of Buddha statues reside within the complex.

            Our next major stop was Bagan, a place of temples, stupas, pago­das and monasteries ranging from small and simple to enormous and amazingly ornate. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, more than 10,000 Buddhist structures were constructed in the Bagan plains, of which 2,200 remain intact. Look­ing out over the horizon covered with these ancient religious struc­tures, with the mountains and the Irrawaddy River in the distance, is a breathtaking experience.

            In Mandalay we spent time at the Mahamuni Paya, home to a venerated 13-foot, 6.5-ton bronze seated Buddha, one of the most sacred in Myanmar. It is a solemn. Over the centuries, devout Bud­dhists have been applying gold leaf to the Buddha whose head, like that of the reclining Buddha in Yangon, is encrusted in gemstones. The Buddha’s gold surface is now estimated to be about 6 inches thick.

            More than 200 miles inland from the Bay of Bengal is Inle Lake, the most visually beautiful of all the areas we visited. From sunrise to sunset, small boats ply the wa­ters. They are manned by a single standing fisherman who uses one leg to paddle his boat and the other to balance himself, and his arms to manipulate a primitive net. Visitors can also see large ancient water-based “floating gardens” which today we call aquaculture.


 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

No hotel construction permit in old Pyu cities’ environs, but enough hotels in the towns around them


Translated by Phyu Maung

             Although hotel construction is banned in UNESCO World Heritage listed old Pyu city, for foreign visitors, there are hotels and guest houses near the cities, said Daw Khin Sandar, Deputy Minister for Culture.

             Currently, the world trotter entry is higher than the past year and due to the completion of pave road construction, the transportation is better for home and abroad travellers.

             “After UNESCO listed, tourism entrepre­neurs come to discuss with us. It is no need to set up hotels in Sri Kestra because it is near Pyi which has enough hotels. Hanlin is near Sagaing and Shwebo. There, we can see hotels and guest houses. Thus, it is not necessary to build in old cities. Baikthano is near Mag­way and Taungdwingyi. Also we see enough number of hotels. Most foreigners come to Sri Kestra,” she said.

              At present, news and information centres are under construction at old cities and later, construction will be extended.

                According to the official figure of Hotels and Tourism Ministry, Pyi possesses 14 hotels having 305 rooms, 25 hotels having 501 rooms in Magway.

 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

Free entrance for locals to Sri Ksetra zone



Museum and zone entrance fee at UNESCO World Heritage listed Sri Kestra will be free for local visitors for the whole year, per source of Archaeology and National Museum Department Sri Kestra Branch. Currently, zone and museum fee are Ks 10,000 per foreigner. “At present, aft UNESCO listed, we see more and more world trotters come in. Sri Kestra is one day trip and 11 becomes key tour. This year, we offer free entry fee,” said Assistant Director Daw Myint Myint Thein. Local entry to Sri Kestra Cultural zone and museum is: 4,671 visitors in 2010-11, 5,524 i 2011-12, 6,502 in 2012-13, 9,951 in 2013-14, 29,348 up to the end of June 2015 respectively.

Sri Kestra Museum has three buildings and these buildings are yearly renovated, she said. Excavated Pyu artifacts are displayed in the museum. It is one of the oldest museums in Myanmar, situated in Mhawzar village, Pyi Township. Opening hour is 9:30am to 5:30pm on Tuesday to Sunday.

 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

No one granted for the supply of construction stones for Hantharwady Airport



JICA is carrying out fea­sibility study for the con­struction of Hantharwady International Airport, but the construction work has not launched yet. But there are rumours that stones for construction are supplying to the construction sites, an­nounced by the Ministry of Transportation through State medics. The department neither invited tender nor granted permission to any­one for the supply of stones for airport construction. Not to lose benefit for public and entrepreneurs because of this rumour, we announced through state owned news­paper, if the project launches, we will announce in due course,” said an officer from Department of Civil Aviation. DCA is still discussing for the signing of Frame Work Agree­ment with tender winner JGC Yongnam- CAL Consortium for the implementation of Hantharwady Airport, the largest airport in Myanmar. The Airport is 81 km from Yangon, near KyaukTaingKan Village, Bago Township; the site to cover 9,690-acre land. The new airport can handle such as Airbus A 380, the biggest passenger airplane and track aided technology and telecommunications. The airport is available to cope with 12 million passengers. This project is aimed to sup­port upcoming Hantharwady International Airport and to facilitate tourists and foreign visitors landing from the airport to Yangon and places in lower Myanmar.

 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

The website related with MOHT on air again



Besides Ministry of Hotels and Tourism website, the related link, Nay Pyi Taw Tourism is pub­lished on air starting from this month, per source of MOHT.

             The web address is www.travelnaypyidaw.org including MICE (meeting, incentives, confer­ences and exhibitions) and other associated items in addition to Nay Pyi Taw tourism.

             The news on this website is announced from Nay Pyi Taw MICE Tourism Promotion Com­mittee. It is under Hotels and Tourism Ministry and it aims for stake holder between public and private sectors and tourism entrepreneurs in Nay Pyi Taw, stated in this website.They are: Home, Why NPT, Events, Attractions, Plan, Hotels, Maps, Reference, Contact.

                Why NPT presents main reasons to visit Nay Pyi Taw, famous buildings and their data; Events presents dates of ceremonies to be held and dates of ceremonies already held; Attractions presents cultural buildings, museums, shopping malls, business to carry out in Nay Pyi Taw and government offices; Plans presents up coming events; Hotels presents NayPyi Taw hotel guides; Maps presents maps of towns and cities in Myanmar; Reference presents laws, rules and proce­dures relating to tourism, Do’s and Don’ts, tourism websites, medial and ceremonies.

 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

No shops allowed on Maung Ma Kan Beach

Maung Ma Kan Beach

Maung Ma Kan Beach


            Due to the thriving num­ber of ins and outs visitors to Maung Ma Kan Beach in Longlon Township, Tanin­tharyi Region, there will be no permit for retail shops at the shore, per source of Dawei Tourism Development Association.

                The shops which are at the shore are to be demolished within this month and the new shop construction is to set at 50 feet away from the bungalows.

            “More foreigners than locals visit the beach. They come here through Dawei deep sea port and later trans­portation will be better. We carry upgrade process and so more and more foreign heads will tour here,” said a responsible person from Dawei Tourism Development Association.

            The Hotels and Tourism Ministry allotted that to con­struct hotels, shops, resort at least 50 metres far from beach where tide comes most, not to be higher 30 feet from shore, not to build fences to prevent the beach view, not to use sand from beach in construction and knock down rock at the beach, to build road to the shore between hotel buildings.

            Most Thai come to Maung Ma Kan Beach from Dawei deep sea port. Some arrive from Thai directly and some are from Yangon. Yangon-Dawei road section is smooth and visitors thrown with home and abroad.

 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

Introduction of Lake Suites by HAGL


            Vietnam based MNC real estate consortium, Hoang Anh Gia Lai Myanmar offi­cially announced that lake suites housing complex will be introduced to Yangonites with fair prices. It is the first step to imple­ment achieving to create new experience of the interna­tional hub living in Myanmar, international shopping malls for residents and visitors.

                “The mission for Lake Suites is to offer high standard quality and service of luxuri­ous items to residents living under one roof. We construct features and smoothness of buildings and life style with changes,” said Mr. Cao Duy Think, managing director of HAGL Myanmar. He continued, ” these apartments are very good in­vestment for the ones who are worried real estate in Yangon.

                The reason is our Lake suites are the most reasonable price and best quality of Myanmar apartments.” The apartment owners have special rights to join with Myanmar Centre and such centre is Grade-A level Office towers and to purchase international commodities and to enjoy divert life style.

 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

New Nga Moe Yeik Bridge (Mingalar Taung Nyunt) opens to traffic



The another new Nga Moe Yeik (Mingalar- Taung Nyunt) bridge which connects Mingalar Taung Nyunt and Dawbon townships opens to traffic on 26th, July, as the construction is completely finished. It can be travelled from Mingalar Taung Nyunt side to Dawbon and Thaketa across the Nga Moe River, thence direct to Thanlyin, Thonekwa on Ayarwon Road and from South Dagon Road to connect No.2 Bago six-lane highway. The new bridge is

8.5 metres away paralleled from the old bridge( which was built in colonial time. The length and number of pillars of the new bridge are the same with the old bridge. The length is 305 metres, the width 11.5. It has two ways and one passage is 3.5 metres wide and one metre besides the passage and total is 8 metres and sidewalk is 1.75 metres. The cost is 9 billion kyats, it is learnt.

 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

Tourists increase Mya Thabate Yaypyar Lake everyday despite of rains

Mya Thabate Yaypyar Lake

Mya Thabate Yaypyar Lake


                Foreign and local tourists are visiting Mya Thabate Yay­pyar Lake (Blue Water Lake) every day, said a responsible person from the Dhanu Liter­ature and Culture Association in Ywangan Town.

                The lake is situated in Taw-gye Village seven miles away from Ywangan, Dhanu self- administration region of Southern Shan State. The lake is conserved by Tawgye Mon­astery’s Sayadaw and respon­sible person from that town­ship, it is learnt. “Foreigners like the lake as water is clean and color is greenish blue. In the past, only locals near the lake know about it and visit the lake. Now the number of foreigners and local who visit the lake increase. We do not know the exact number as we do not collect any fee to visit the lake but there are many visitors. It might be over one hundred visitors a day. Now, the world knows about the lake which was not popular in the past, said U Maung Kyaw, responsible person from the Association. Moreover, it is learnt from the Association that Ministry of Culture will officially submit to be listed in Ancient Heritage to conserve it.

 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

Announcement of BRT bus importer

BRT bus importer

BRT Bus Terminal at Abroad


                The name of company awarded to import BRT buses will be announced in the first week of August in order to avoid delay of buses and to implement the express bus service, learnt form Yangon bus line public service company. The reason of traffic congestion is growth of using many vehicles, reck­less driving, poor condition of concrete road, weak traffic light system that is need­ed to repair and having no practice of road safety rules, it is learnt. “It is expected to announce the winner on 7th August. After the announce­ment, it will be permitted to import the buses. The buses which will be imported will be checked for standard and the system will be implemented as early as possible, said a re­sponsible person form public bus line company. Only one local company will be allowed to import the buses of 2010 and later model. The buses must have front and rear doors, good air conditioning and lower body. It is planned to implement the BRT system in October. There are 349 bus lines and 1,200 bus stops in Yangon Region.

 Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015

New survey on Bagan monuments for World Heritage List

Bagan View

Bagan View. Photo. The Traveller


                Daw Sandar Khin, Deputy Minister for Culture said at a press conference held at National Museum, Nay Pyi Taw on 24 July that a new survey will be carried out to count the numbers of Bagan monuments for the nomination of UNESCO World Heritage List. Previously such survey had already done. But the former one has no details and so the new assessment will go on. “To nominate Bagan as UNESCO World Heritage List, foreign experts will come to survey the historical data in the Bagan area with over three thousand pago­das. We have the old records, but previous figures are not complete. Thus, we launch to restart now. After that, we go on conservation process. In such preservation procedure, we have to maintain original design and next we turn to make document. Defining area is the following step,” she said. To submit UNESCO for ancient three Pyu cities, there are six basic factors but only in accord with three points, the three ancient cities were made. “In the past, we had few experiences and so it took time. Now we propose Bagan with two points and so it can save time,” she continued. At the 38th UNESCO annual conference held in Doha, in June 2014, three Pyu cities were listed as World Heritage.

  Source : The traveller Vol 3, No.8  From August3 To August 9, 2015