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Why Taunggyi is special ?
Taunggyi is situated in the southern Shan State and is the capital town of Shan States. It is 4.712feet above the sea level and has a moderate climate. Taunggyi is the melting pot for the Myelat area of the Shan State. In addition to the indigenous Pa-O and Intha, there is a significant population of Shans, Bamars, other native ethnic minorities, as well as Gurkha, Chinese and Burmese Muslims.
The Taunggyi area is a popular tourist destination. The city itself has an interesting five-day market, where farmers from around the area would come to the Taunggyi on market day and sell fresh produce in the open market, but with more development of the city, the significance of market day has been lessened. However, the market-day tradition continues strong in the outlying small towns.
What to explore at Taunggyi?
The road to Taunggyi is full of bends and zigzags and. seen from above. resembles a snake. One can have a good view of the surrounding area while travelling along this road. As soon as you enter Taunggyi, the magnificent Sao Sam Htun Hospital can be seen first and further on there are the Taunggyi Department Store, Dhammayon (congregation hall), Shan State Cultural Museum, the golf course and residential buildings.There are pines, cherry and eucalyptus trees growing all over the town and the whole area is green and pleasant. The busiest part of Taunggyi is the Myoma Market, a place where people from the environs used to flock only once every five days to buy and sell their regional products. Now it has become a daily market and is constantly crowded with people. It is also the gathering point of different national races residing in Taunggyi.
How to get to Taunggyi?
Taunggyi can be reached by road, rail or air from all parts of the country. The distance between Yangon and Taunggyi is 456 miles and can be reached by road directly. To reach Taunggyi by air, you first have to fly to Heho, about 40 kilometers to the West, then transfer by road to Taunggyi.
Taunggyi Myanmar (Burma)