Myanmar to develop more ancient cave as eco-tourism zone in southeastern state

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/5/18 10:21:00

Myanmar tourism authorities is planning to develop one more ancient limestone cave, Hpa Baung, in Kyaikmaraw township, Mon state as an eco-tourism zone within one year, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Friday.

A spring in the area will also be developed as part of the eco-tourism site.

The Hpa Baung limestone cave is the largest natural one of its kind in Mon state conserved by the Archaeology, National Museum and Library Department .

The department is seeking approval from the state government for the project implementation.

Hpa Baung and its surrounding areas are likely to be extended to 446 acres (180 hectares) as a forest reserve, according to the Forestry Department.

Meanwhile, the authorities had also planned to boost tourism with another ancient limestone cave, Esathara, in Hpa-an, eastern Kayin state while ensuring not to damage the natural environment.

Hpa-an is a central tourist attraction in Kayin state that houses natural caverns, scenes of the state's traditions and culture, waterfalls, hot spring and other tourist destinations, for which Hpa-an received the ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Award-2018.

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