Haunted forest dunes: How to hike the dunes
Posted On July 20, 2021
A group of tourists from China’s far east took to the scenic dunes of the haunted forest in Myanmar’s Yangon province on Saturday, with the aim of visiting the dune for the first time.
“We’re visiting the forest for the last time,” a member of the group, Wang Yongchang, told AFP.
“I want to go back to the village and see how it is now.”
He added that he was hoping to get to see the dungeon where he grew up.
Myanmar’s official tourism agency said it was “happy” to be able to say that it was the first tourist group to explore the forest, which has been described as the “last bastion of the ancient civilisation”.
“Our dream is to see and learn about the hidden dune of the Myanmar’s history,” Myanmar’s Tourism Development Board said in a statement.
“In order to preserve its unique beauty and culture, the forest must be protected.”
A recent survey of the forest by the United Nations found that the dung and dung beetles had disappeared, while some species were on the verge of extinction.
The park was built in the late 1980s to protect the Yangon city from a major typhoon.
A group from the same village visited the park in August 2015 and recorded their experience on a smartphone.
“It was pretty awesome,” Wang Yongcheng, 26, said of the experience.
“When we were walking there we felt like we were back at home.”