Next to religious sites, village life is one of the main attractions of Bagan. People all over the world have come to see how the people of the villages in the area, culture and customs, festivals and beliefs and their cottage industries, say local guides.
The most famous of these villages is Min Nan Thu, although Phwar Saw Thu Htay and Kan are also attracting more attention.
Part of the appeal is the perceived link between the villagers and the true history and ancient country. The villagers, who live in bamboo houses known as eait wine, are regarded as the modern face of historical Myanmar.
However, a local guide, U Win Naing, told The Myanmar Times last week that threatened modernization authenticity. “We welcome the development of peoples, but not modernization. Min Nan Thu Village became a famous place, but has been modernized, it does not seem real. Now visitors come to Phwar Sierra and Thu Htay Kan” he said.
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A tour guide in Yangon said it is important to raise awareness to support Myanmar culture and the real costumes. “Most of the tourists who want to see the lives of the people of Myanmar, but is now difficult to prove. These traditions are difficult to sustain,” he said.
A recent visitor to Spain to Phwar Sierra said it is important to support basic infrastructure and education in villages, encouraging people to work together in promoting sustainable development, including the tourist village.
“It’s very nice to visit Bagan and visualize the structure and origin of the people of Myanmar also. Phwar-Saw haunt our memory people,” he said, adding that sustainable development at the village level was as important as the preservation and pagodas temples.
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Named for the queen Sierra Phwar (c 1237 AD), who became famous for his wisdom, intelligence and devotion to Buddhism, the village has more than 100 homes and a dozen workshops lacquer. A textile shop owner and artisan souvenirs Phwar Sega, But Naing, said small industries were eager for a growing number of visitors.
German tourists, French and Italians come to visit, and this year the number of Thai visitors are increasing. There are 20 100 visitors a day in peak season, spending K10,000 to K100,000 per day.
“Tourists appreciate the traditions of village life. I kept my house in the old style, but I added water and sanitation to run,” said Ma Naing, adding that most visitors appreciated and encouraged the villagers they work .
“We welcome visitors as they help us to make a living by what you do not have to turn to agriculture in a period of climate change,” he said.
Guide U Win Naing said he expected an increase in the number of visitors after the elections next month.
“If we have political stability, we can do the rest,” he said.
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