Beikthano

Beikthano, Magway: Address, Beikthano Review: 4/5

Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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Aativas
By Aativas
The Silence Speaks here...
Jan 2019
Thanks to my car-driver that I visited Baikthano. I did not know about it because then it was not listed on Trip Advisor. And of course, in a typical Burmese P and B interchange, he was calling it Pyithano. I had been to Pyay and have read about Baikthano. In Yangon I had come across an Art Gallery named Baikthano. But frankly speaking, I had not given any thought to it. It is about 20 kilometeres from Taungdwingyi Township in Magway Region, from Pyay it took us about three hours to reach Baikthano, which is one of the ancient Pyu cities. As it was Sunday, the museum near the entry gate was closed. So, we had to explore without any guidance. The city was here about a 1000 years ago - to be more specific 200 BCE to 900 AD. Moreover, it was established by a Queen - Princess Pan Htwar . As most of the structures are destroyed, it is hard to imagine what was here. I could not help feeling a sense of loss - loss of the unknown. It also reminded me that cultures rise and fall ... mysteriously indeed. I was able to visit ruins of city wall, monastery ruins, memorial hall ruins, ruins of Stupa-like architecture and so on. The information boards there are bilingual - Burmese and English, it certainly helps. In May 2014, UNESCO has recognized it as 'World Heritage Site in South East Asia'. Obviously a poor country like Myanmar cannot spend money on historical sites when their primary need is to take care of its own people in present. Well, it is a large ruin. So, not much to 'see' if you are looking forward to something funny and exciting. But if you are a history and/or nature lover, there so much to see and so much to think about. May be the ruins have so much to tell, only if we can listen. The silence speaks here ... clear and loud!

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The Silence Speaks here...
Jan 2019 • Solo
Thanks to my car-driver that I visited Baikthano. I did not know about it because then it was not listed on Trip Advisor. And of course, in a typical Burmese P and B interchange, he was calling it Pyithano.

I had been to Pyay and have read about Baikthano. In Yangon I had come across an Art Gallery named Baikthano. But frankly speaking, I had not given any thought to it.

It is about 20 kilometeres from Taungdwingyi Township in Magway Region, from Pyay it took us about three hours to reach Baikthano, which is one of the ancient Pyu cities.

As it was Sunday, the museum near the entry gate was closed. So, we had to explore without any guidance.

The city was here about a 1000 years ago - to be more specific 200 BCE to 900 AD. Moreover, it was established by a Queen - Princess Pan Htwar .

As most of the structures are destroyed, it is hard to imagine what was here. I could not help feeling a sense of loss - loss of the unknown. It also reminded me that cultures rise and fall ... mysteriously indeed.

I was able to visit ruins of city wall, monastery ruins, memorial hall ruins, ruins of Stupa-like architecture and so on. The information boards there are bilingual - Burmese and English, it certainly helps.

In May 2014, UNESCO has recognized it as 'World Heritage Site in South East Asia'. Obviously a poor country like Myanmar cannot spend money on historical sites when their primary need is to take care of its own people in present.

Well, it is a large ruin. So, not much to 'see' if you are looking forward to something funny and exciting. But if you are a history and/or nature lover, there so much to see and so much to think about.

May be the ruins have so much to tell, only if we can listen. The silence speaks here ... clear and loud!
Written 11 January 2019
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