The Nepali Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar is organising multiple programmes to promote VNY-2020. The main motive of the Embassy is to let the people there know the beauty of Nepal and make them visit Nepal.
Among around 55 million population, 90% of the population follows Buddhism. It is one main factor that Nepal can bring in more Buddhist Burmese. In a programme organised in Kandawgyi Lake in Yangon, two Burmese Everest summiters and the most frequent Nepal visitor Burmese were honoured. Pyae Phyo Aung and Win Ko Ko, who climbed the highest mountain in the world- Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) in 2016 and Da Thajin Mint Ai , who has visited Nepal a total of 325 times so far were feted.
The two summiters admired Nepal to be the best destination for adventure tourism in the world. According to them, more and more Burmese know Nepal as the land of Lord Buddha. Hence, they spoke of the need to re-brand Nepal as the land of exotic mountains, including the ‘Land of Sagarmatha’, and picturesque hills. They asserted, “The Burmese here hardly get to see mountains and snow. For them, the hills and mountains of Nepal could be attractive tourist products as Burmese generally live in tropical climate.”
Similarly, Da Thajin Mint Ai pointed out the need for Nepal to lure more and more Buddhists during the VNY-2020 campaign and even after as. According to Da Thajin, more than 40.5 million people were followers of Buddhism in Myanmar.
Addressing the programme in presence of 1000 Burmese, Nepali Ambassador to Myanmar Bhim Krishna Udas informed that this year also marked the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between Nepal and Myanmar. He informed that a number of promotional events would be organised round the year to promote the Visit Nepal Year 2020.
Likewise, Yangon’s Chief Minister Pyo Min Thein lauded the contribution of Gurkha Army of Nepali origin for the unification of Myanmar. He viewed that Nepal could attract more Burmese to Nepal by considering exempting visa charges for them. On the occasion, three Nepali Embassy here distributed t-shirts with the logo of Visit Nepal Year 2020 to more than 700 participants for free.