Over 4,700 foreign tourists visit Kyaikhtiyo ancient cultural zone last month

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Pilgrims seen at magnificent Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Kyaikhto Township, Mon State.

More than 4,700 foreign tourists visited Kyaikhtiyo ancient cultural zone located on the platform of historic Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Kyaikhto Township, Mon State, in September, according to the zone entrance fee collection office for tourists.

In September alone, 4,790 tourists from 31 countries including Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and Japan, European countries such as Russia, England, France and Belgium, and the United States, Brazil and Canada visited and studied the cultural zone.

Among them were 2,799 Thais with the largest number of visits.

"As we collected a zone entry fee of Ks10,000 per foreign tourist, Kyaikhtiyo ancient cultural zone earned Ks47,900,000 in September. On October 5 in 2017, we increased the zone fee to Ks10,000," said an official from the fee collection office.

According to data released by the zone office about visits of foreign tourists this year, there were 15,603 foreign tourists in January, 14,822 in February, 14,894 in March, 8,001 in April, 7,336 in May, 4,980 in June, 5,959 in July and 4,696 in August.

An official from Kyaikhto Township Development Committee office said Kyaikhtiyo ancient cultural zone was visited by 125,500 foreign tourists in 2016 and 125,217 in 2017.

Every year, over 3 million local and international pilgrims visit Kyaikhtiyo Hsandawshin Pagoda during its Buddha Pujaniya Festival held from Full Moon Day of Thadingyut to Full Moon Day of Kason.

The pagoda attracts most visitors in December, January and April, according to the pagoda board of trustees.