JAPANESE cherries will be planted within the precinct of the Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, according to a member of the pagoda’s board of trustees.
The Japan Cherry Blossom Association donated its native species to the board of trustees on Sunday with an aim to beautify the pagoda precinct as well as promoting friendship between the two countries.
Eighty-eight saplings and both liquid and dry fertilizers were handed over to the pagoda’s board of trustees, with the Japanese association members saying the saplings can thrive around the pagoda located on Singuttara Hill, west of Kandawyi Lake, which dominates the Yangon skyline. The golden pagoda is the most famous landmark in Yangon, and it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country.
Zaw Min Latt