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Meiktila

Meiktila is a city at the center of Burma (Myanmar). Situated on the banks of Lake Meiktila in Mandalay division, it is a place of natural beauty.

But it also is home to Myanmar Air Force central command and Meiktila Air Force Base. Not to mention, the University of Aerospace Engineering.

The name Meiktila comes from an Indian kingdom called Mithila. Meiktila is a city with a rich history; it was the site of the 1945 battle of Meiktila and briefly fell to insurgent Karen forces. Nowadays, Meiktila is an up-and-coming town with many pagodas, namely the Shwemyinti, Yele and Sutaung Pyi.

However, one of the best attractions in Meiktila is the lake. Constructed by King Anawrahta in ancient times, it has had held historic importance since. Indeed it is called the “Royal Lake,” and with good reason. It has been supplying the drinking water for all the residents in the region since ancient times.

The lake’s water is also used to irrigate. The lake is divided in two portions known as the northern and the southern portion.

It is not just for its history that Meiktila is worth a visit. The shopping in Meiktila is amazing. Bamboo items, wicker, rattan and teak are available here, as well as jade and pearl jewelry, tribal art pieces and gold items. The Zegyo Market is an excellent market held in the city center of Meiktila and worth a browse.

Source: Myanmarburma.com