The 27th SEA Games will be hosted by Myanmar from 11 to 22 Dec 2013. The venue will be at the Capital Naypyitaw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung Beach. With the supports of the ASEAN friends Myanmar has the opportunity to host the game again after 44 years. Myanmar was the host for 1961, 2 nd SEAP Game and 1969, 5 th SEAP Game.
2013 is a remarkable year for Myanmar as the main venue for the Games will be at her new State Capital Naypyitaw for the first time. Wunna Theikdi Stadium will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games. Most of the major events will be held in Naypyitaw Sports Facilities.
Myanmar is a nation of 135 tribes and 60 million people welcomed thousands of athletes from beyond its borders in a night of native songs, dances and firework displays as it opened the 27th Southeast Asian Games.
Myanmar presented a spectacular opening ceremony to the 27th SEA Games on Wednesday, giving the country the distinction of hosting the biggest sporting event the nation has had in 44 years. This makes it their third time, having played hosts in 1961 and 1969, and from what was witnessed at the Wunna Theikdi Sports Stadium, they have returned with a bang.
The pre-launch entertainment fired up the crowd as glamorous songstress Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein belted out an upbeat number, followed by popular rocker Zaw Win Htut. Age was no barrier as the grandfather of rock and roll had the audience on their feet, screaming along to the lyrics. A hush fell over the crowd as the next song described the beauty of the country and the unity of its people as scenes of Myanmar and its ethnic peoples flashed on the large LED backdrops. The 27th SEA Games theme song that followed gave rise to an emotional sing-a-long by the almost 30,000-strong crowd.
The arrival of the President of Myanmar, U Thein Sein, and first lady Daw Khin Khin Win brought on a burst of fireworks – only one of the many dazzling displays on the night. The venue was suddenly thrown into darkness before running lights flooded the stadium as 12,000 school children rushed to the center of the stage for the official countdown. With each second, the numbers were shouted out and spelt out by the lights held by the children. More fireworks cut through the air as the children formed the SEA Games logo and the name “MYANMAR” with their lights.
Things then took on a traditional turn with a performance by the Myanmar Royal Auspicious Orchestra, with 46 traditional harps and seven traditional xylophones. The traditional harp is said to have been introduced in 11th century Bagan while the xylophone dates back to the Inwa period in the 15th century.