16 July 2020 - Source: Global New Light of Myanmar With the pilgrims visiting Bu Phaya in the Bagan-NyaungU archaeological heritage site, the Bu pagoda port fallen silent for over three months is now revived with the motorboat riders, said U Maung Soe, a motorboat owner in Bu Phaya river port. The pilgrims from across the country are now visiting the pagodas starting from the first week of July with the permission to visit the significant pagodas in the Bagan-NyaungU archaeological heritage site. The famous pagodas are now allowed to say prayers from 9 am to 4 pm, according to Shwezigon pagoda board of trustees. The Bu Phaya is one of the significant pagodas in the Bagan-NyaungU archaeological heritage site. People are coming to Bu Phaya, and thus the river port is crowded with the visitors. Then, the pilgrims are observing the ancient buildings and pagodas riding in the motorboats.

Also, some pilgrims are riding in the motorboats from Bu Phaya port to pay homage to Tantkyitaung pagoda in Pakokku Township. There are more than 200 motorboats in Bu Phaya port. Motorboats suspended for more than three months are going to resume their operations, said U Ye Win, a motorboat rider. — Ko Htein (KPD) (Translated by Hay Mar)