Pyin Oo Lwin flower festival promises more blooms than ever
FLOWER lovers are in for another annual treat next month as Pyin Oo Lwin’s Flower Festival opens. General Manager Wai Myo Aung said the 11th iteration of the festival will display more than 173,000 flowering plants, many of them imported.
That figure makes this year’s celebration the largest ever, topping last year’s total of 150,000.
The festival will be held from December 15 to 31 at Kandawgyi Gardens. Pyin Oo Lwin, though known as a cool summer retreat, remains balmy all year round – its excellent weather is one of the key draws to the city.
But travellers will also have a chance to explore the city itself, established as a colonial enclave in the early 20th century. Plenty of Christian churches and Muslim mosques testify to the peaceful diversity that has existed ever since, and British colonial architecture abounds in the town centre.
Wai Myo Aung added that the flowers will be complemented by thematic art.
“We’re also displaying 10 floral sculptures,” he told The Myanmar Times.
The entrance fee will be K1000, the same as for normal admission. The rock music festival on December 24 and the hip-hop concert on Christmas Day will include famous singers such as R Zarni, Wine Su Khine and Sai Sai Kham Leng.
“Pyin Oo Lwin is very beautiful at this time. People who want to see the beauties of the garden in the early morning can enter free of charge from 6 to 8am,” Wai Myo Aung said.
The 430-acre garden (172 hectares) received more than 300,000 visitors last December.
— Translation by San Layy