Myanmar is a captivating country of golden temples, ancient stupas and historical landmarks that blend perfectly with pristine fine white-sand beaches, scenic lakes and spectacular waterfalls. These are unique tourist attractions that that are set in a warm tropical climate and made more enchanting by friendly locals and delicious traditional cuisines. One of Myanmar’s leading tourist attractions is the famous Kandawgyi Garden in the tourist region of Mandalay.
Established in 1915, Kandawgyi Garden is sprawled in a total land area of 344.81 acres. It is found in the town of Pyin U Lwin or Maymyo, which is why the garden is also referred to as Maymyo Botanical Garden. The garden was created not only to preserve the beauty of nature and uplift Myanmar tourism but also to educate the public about the importance of preserving the trees and forests. It is a park and recreational center that carries out educational activities on the preservation of nature, so that locals and foreigners would appreciate the value of flowers, plants and trees more deeply. A number of local and international botanists and researchers visit this national garden to study the kind of plant life that thrives in this part of the world. They conduct studies not only to preserve the plants and trees but also to develop Myanmar’s ecotourism industry.
Myanmar or Burma is in Southeast Asia, between China, India, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It is the second largest nation in the region and 40th biggest in the world. For a few years, the country was ruled by a military junta and was separated from the rest of the world. Today, it is offering its beautiful natural resources and rich culture for everyone to enjoy, although there is still a huge portion of the country that is restricted from the international public eye. In the past, the capital city of Rangoon was an important trade and commercial center in Southeast Asia. Today, the country is slowly and steadily strengthening its economy so that it could once again rise into a significant position in the region. One way of doing this is beefing up its tourism industry, and now the world is taking notice. The major Myanmar cities are Yangon, formerly Rangoon; Naypyidaw, the current capital; the ancient city of Bagan that is widely known for its more than 2,000 ancient temples, pagodas and structures; the beach town of Kawthung; and Pyin U Lwin in Mandalay, a cool highland town where Kandawgyi Garden is located.
The Kandawgyi Garden is home to more than 5,000 trees, thousands of flowers, 344 species of plants and 42 species of indigenous orchids. There are also a number of indigenous birds, reptiles, small mammals and insects. It makes use of modern technology for its landscaping and efforts towards nature conservation. It also has a lake, children’s playground, hall, souvenir shops, fountains and several restaurants so that visitors will not run out of fun activities to do. A popular destination is the orchid garden. The garden also has a picturesque view of the Shwedagon Pagoda.