International Relations - Myanmar


Myanmar / Burma / Myanma – different names to one country with beautiful Pagodas, landscape and Buddhist temples.

Six Rotarians left on 8th Feb  and landed in Mandalay. They took the nine hour cruise on Yerawaddy river to reach Bagan. Bagan is the beautiful old heritage city with 3500 Pagodas, built between 11th and 13th century to spread Buddhism.

Next they flew to He Ho to take one hour canoe ride on Inle lake. Here much like Venice, is a floating city. There were silver and gold jewellery manufacturing shops, Organic vegetable floating gardens and also the only factory in the world making textiles made out of lotus stem fibres.

Later at Yangon they were joined by 18 more Rotarians. The golfers played satisfying “match play” at Yangon and Mandalay.

Sightseeing at Yangon included largest reclining spectacular Buddha, Shwede Gon pagoda and Scot market.

The group met Rotarians from Rotary Club of Yangon and Rotary Club of Central Yangon. Flags were exchanged between Rtn Kamalacharan, Director, International Services, Rotary Club of Bangalore and Presidents of both the Myanmar clubs. Flag was also exchanged with a brand new club started in 2019, called The Rotary Club of Greater Yangon.

Both the clubs need assistance in

  1. Medical care and camps
  2. Medical training in Audiology
  3. Sonography Equipment
  4. Drinking water purification filters
  5. Education programmes
  6. Promote tourism in India to Myanmar

Last day was spent at Mandalay where beautiful stone carving, wood carving, gold leaf production, Shwenandan Monastry and the longest wooden bridge in the world were seen. The icing on the cake was to see the sunset on the Mandalay Hill.

Special thanks to Rtn Vineetha Chinnappa, Chairman International Services, for pulling through this wonderful tour.

Rtn. Sangamitra Gopal

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