Pyin Oo Lwin flower fes­ti­val prom­ises more blooms than ever

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse - PHYO WAI KYAW phy­owaikyaw@mm­

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

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