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Taunggyi

Inle Lake environs Sagar Kakku Pindaya Kalaw Taunggyi
Sits on the peaks of Shan hills at the altitude of 1600-meter, Taunggyi (or) The Big Mountain City, was established by the British in 1880s as British’s summer palace. Nowadays, Taunggyi became the capital of Southern Shan State, and almost the third largest cites of Myanmar with population around 400,000, comprising Shan, Pa O, Kyain, Kayah, Indians, Bamars, and other Shan sub-groups. Due to the immense development in the past decades, the city’s colonial charm has already been lost. Nevertheless, the main market, Shan state cultural museum, and a couple of Buddhist shrines overlooking the city are a few places worth looking for. In November, Thaunggyi hosts for one of most popular festivals in Myanmar, where people make hot-aired balloons in the shape of animals to offer the sky-spirits, in the form of competition. Due to the ethnic insurgencies, overland travel to the east of Taunggyi is officially off-limited.
 
 

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