Yangon January 11
Bagan has seen unusual traffic congestion during New Year holidays as the holidaymakers thronged the ancient city.
Traffic was seen crawling along the road to old and new Bagan cities in the evening because of the sunset watchers, and the congestion from times to times last for an hour, said U Zaw Win Cho, chairman of Myanmar Tour Guide Association (Bagan Zone).
“It is mainly because of the large numbers of visitors. It is likely that the congestion will continue,” he said.
All the hotels and guesthouses were full during Christmas holidays and visitors had to stay at pagodas for night, according to local hoteliers.
“As Christmas coincided with Natdaw Full Moon Day and Alodawpyae pagoda festival, there were many local and foreign visitors, which led to traffic congestion,” said U ZawWeik, secretary of Myanmar Tour Guide Association (Bagan Zone).
The Bagan Development Association has taken the lead and is paving an earth road from Shwesandaw and new Bagan city to prevent traffic congestion.
“There is already a track and we’ll pave it an earth road so that vehicles drive,” said U Zaw Win Cho, a member of the association. Last year, Bagan received 250,000 foreign visitors and Hotels and Tourism Ministry predicts that some 300,000 foreign visitors will visit Bagan this year.
The Myawady Daily