Floods don’t curb tourism at Inwa

The Myanmar Times - - News - PHYO WAI KYAW phy­owaikyaw@mm­times.com HLAING KYAW SOE hlaingkyaw­soe@mm­times.com – Trans­la­tion by Emoon

THE Aye­yarwady and Dote­htawaddy river wa­ter that flooded the old city of Inwa has not damp­ened the in­ter­est of tourists. Some lo­cals even say there have been more visi­tors since the high waters.

About two weeks ago, flood­ing swamped some dis­tinct lo­ca­tions within the Tada-U town­ship por­tion of the old city, in Man­dalay Re­gion. On Au­gust 1, a 20-foot por­tion of the city’s wall broke, mak­ing the sit­u­a­tion even wet­ter.

But stal­wart visi­tors kept com­ing into the city dur­ing the flood­ing, Myin Hlae As­so­ci­a­tion chair U Thein Htun said. Af­ter the floods sub­sided, there were more visi­tors than usual, he said.

“Now, the wa­ter has been re­ced­ing for al­most four days,” he said on Au­gust 8. “There was an aver­age of 100 visi­tors ev­ery day of the floods. Guests were ar­riv­ing non-stop. Af­ter the flood, there were be­tween 200 and 250 visi­tors each day. To­day there might be al­most 300 visi­tors.”

The fa­mous Bar­ga­yar Monastery was swamped by more than 2 feet of wa­ter af­ter the dams could no longer hold the tides and the city wall was breached. Tourists could visit an­cient pago­das, like Yada­nar Si Mi and Win­ga­par, by boat.

“You could say that visi­tors are ar­riv­ing ear­lier this year than in pre­vi­ous years,” said U Thein Htun. “Visi­tors have grad­u­ally been ar­riv­ing start­ing in July. Places like Mal Nu Oak Monastery and Nan Myint Tow­ers are no longer flooded. We can see the road to Bar­ga­yar Monastery now so we are go­ing there with a horse and cart.”

The road from the Dote­htawaddy jetty in Oh-Tote Tan ward, where the horse cart gate is lo­cated, is bad, but most visi­tors ar­rive there. Driv­ers are charg­ing K8000 for a horse and cart ride.

Photo: Phyo Wai Kyaw

Tourists con­tinue to pour into Inwa.

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