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Kandawgyi lake: Karaweik
Karaweik (the legendary birld-mount of Vishnu) is an attraction on its own in Kandawgyi lake. It is a huge reproduction of a royal barge that sits (it doesn't float) on the eastern edge of the lake. This structure is an upmarket functional restaurant holding dance performances in the evenings (remember it's state owned)
If you have paid your admission to Kandawgyi Park, you are also able to look round the Karaweik Hall. Literally translated, this means Royal Barge, and although it may look at a distance like an ancient monument, it is actually a modern concrete structure and completely gilded with gold.
Opinion, both local and amongst travellers, is divided as to whether it is a glorious centrepiece to the park, or a cultural and architectural abomination. I shall keep my counsel on this matter, as I don't want to excite too much controversy.
Whatever your views on the validity of the thing, it is certainly impressive in terms of scale. There are exhibitions of Burmese arts, crafts and traditional costume, but the majority of the structure is given over to a couple of huge function halls / restaurants. Obviously, the place is Government run if that is a consideration for you.
Perhaps the Karaweik's greatest claim to fame is that it is the logo for the rather good Myanmar beer!
A concrete barge at Kandawgyi lake. Got plently of resturants at the lakeside, but for foreigners they need to pay in order to enter the park.
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