City Highlight: All About Naypyidaw

Naypyidaw, the capital of Burma is considered the third largest city of the country due to its thriving population.

The city’s name is as interesting as the city itself. Naypyidaw, or Nay Pyi Daw, as it is originally spelled, means, “royal capital”, hence its other translations, “seat of the king” and “abode of kings”. Keeping up with its majestic title, the Uppatasanti Pagoda, Naypyidaw’s golden temple, was erected at the center of the city in honor of the gods. Completed in 2009, the name literally means, “Peace Pagoda” as it is believed to appease and praise disgruntled deities. The name may also mean, “protection from disaster”. History has it that “Uppatasanti” is the given title of a sutra written by a 16th century monk which was meant to be chanted in times of calamity. It also home to the “Buddha Tooth” relic which came from China.

While the city seems distant as locals of neighboring cities cannot readily answer questions regarding specific directions, Naypyidaw is efficiently organized into different areas.

Residential spaces are given with consideration to profession and marital status. Color-coding had been implemented on apartment building rooftops to signify the nature of profession each resident is in. For instance, blue-roofed apartment buildings are allotted to Ministry of Health employees. Green-roofed apartment buildings are for workers of the Ministry of Agriculture. Mansions, on the other hand, are meant for high-ranking officials.

Government ministries are concentrated in a complex of 31 buildings with a presidential house of 100 rooms. In this area, the city hall can also be found. An enthusiast of historical building structures will notice that the building is of Stalinist influence, only, it is topped with a roof completely of Burmese tradition.

Restricted from public scrutiny, a complex had been established specifically for military men of high positions. Roughly 7 miles off of government employee residence, the area is also a venue for a military base. The roads within the area are paved with eight lanes for accessibility of aircrafts.

To cater to travelers, villa-style hotels are strategically placed on the hems of Naypyidaw. Should you decide to visit the city, you would be thrilled to know that eight hotels can be conveniently found within the zone. Another two can be found by the Yangon-Mandalay road at Laeway.

As we are already on the topic of travelling, it might interest you to find out that Naypyidaw offers various recreation spots. One of which is the Ngalaik Lake gardens. Open to the public on Thingyan holidays, the gardens is located along the Ngalaik Dam by the Kyweshin Village. The Ngalaik Lake Gardens boasts of facilities such as water slides and lodging along wiith natural resorts and an actual beach.

The year 2008 had seen the opening of the Naypyidaw Zoological Gardens. Dubbed as the largest zoo in all of Burma, the garden houses 420 animals. It also holds an impressive simulated environment for penguins.

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