Taunggyi is the capital of Shan State and native of Shan and other nationals , Bamar,Pa-O, Kachcin, Palaung,Danu, Wa, Lar Hu, Padaung, Yin, Yon, Kayah, Li Shaw and Inthar choose to live here according to tradition and culture. Shan Plateau has an altitude that rises from 3000 to 4000 feet above sea level. Some mountain ranges are as high as 5000 to 7500 feet. As it cold climate, it is popular as a summer resort.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. 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. 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.
Phaungdaw OO Pagoda (Inlay)
Phaungdaw OO Pagoda in Inalylake(Shan State) is very famous. Inside the pagoda are five Buddha Images and the festival is held yearly in Thadingyut(October) with grandeur.At the center of the Pagoda is an ornate shrine with a pedestal, on which the 5 over-800-year-old images of the Buddha are kept in their original shapes. The gold leaves on the images are dailyapplied by Buddhist devotees who come to the monastery to pay their respect.The images are originated from the dynasty of AungSithu King who was a pious Buddhist and built many Buddhist monuments including the famous Thatbyinnyu Temple in Bagan.
Shwe U-Min Pagoda of Pindaya
Situated in Pindaya, southern Shan State. Shwe U-Min Pagoda was built in a stone cave and renovated time and again by Buddhist devotees. Pindaya has been a Shan name with the meaning in Myanmar Language of a wide plain where Swedaw flowers are growing. Apart from Shwe U-Min pagoda, there have been huge NyaungPein trees and PindayaLake . There trees are grown so closely that branches are thickly intertwined and the sun rays cannot pierce the leaves thus, providing a cool fine shade for pilgrims. Shwe U-Min cave is situated at 4970 feet above sea level and when one longs for from eastern window of iron spired ordination hall, one will get a bird’s eye view of Pindayalake surrounded by houses. Shwe U-Min Pagoda festival is held yearly and it is an ended by about 60,000 pilgrims from all over the country every year.
Inlay lake is the most famous site in Shan state for its beautiful scenes. It is situated about 30km south of Taunggyi, the capita of Shan State. Inlay lake is 22.4 km long and 10.2 broad. It is shallow and scenic. vegetable plantations are seen on the floating islands made by farmers. It lies 900 meters above sea level and is surrounded by blue mountains.Its very popular among foreign tourists. Its native Leg-rowers, floating plantationsand villages and markets, and the festival make Inalylake famous. Even off the festival periods, Inlay people seen in stilted homes together with floating islands are very impressive. One sight that will rivet your attention is a leg—rower, the most famous and unique feature of Inlay.
MwetawKatku Pagoda (Taunggyi Township)
One of the Asia’s largest and most spectacular ancient monuments is a wonderful Pagoda named Kakku. It contains over 2.000 stupas with origins dating back many centuries. Its exists not only as an outstanding example of tradition art and architecture but also as a testament to the religious devotion of one of Myanmar’s many ethnic minorities. the Pa-Oh. For many centuries. the Pa-Oh has lived in peace. cultivating their land and devoting much of their energy and limited wealth to creating monasteries and pagodas.The legend says that the first stupas were created by King Alaungsithu. the 12th century King of Bagan. The decorative sculptures and figures are 17th or 18th century but some of the structures are clearly much older.