If you're looking for an easy, no-frills weekend getaway, Myanmar is the place to be. Taunggyi in Myanmar may sound less familiar to some travelers, but I think it's a great destination to explore. It is located in a high intermountain basin (wrongly called a plateau) that rapidly sinks into the western lowlands of the river that form central Myanmar and are otherwise surrounded by mountain ranges.
The most prominent religious monument in the city is the huge white stupa, which is modeled after the Ananda Pagoda in Bagan. It was built in 1994 to mark the centenary of Taunggyi and although there are some garish Buddhist tributes, it offers little cultural or historical significance besides its religious significance. The great "Ananda Temple" in Bagan was built in 1847 by the King of Baga and is modelled on the Buddhist temple of the same name in Rangoon, the capital of Rakhine State.
The pagoda, also known as Rajamanisula, was built to commemorate Inwa's founding as Myanmar's royal capital. Sagaing became the capital of the independent Shan kingdom after the fall of Bagan plunged central Myanmar into chaos. The nationalities of Myanmar (Pinlon) and the Shan State signed the "Pinlon Agreement" with General Aung San, which led to the establishment of the state of Taunggyi as its capital in 1847 and made clear the importance of independence from the British as a whole. In exhibition room 3 we are shown the old pagodas of Rangoon, Rakhine State, Rangoon and Mandalay.
We do not want to leave this burden to future generations, "Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said in her opening speech. It was a celebration for all of Burma, competition judge Thein Zaw, 54, told AFP news agency after the balloon viewing.
The Shan state has a population of more than 5.8 million people and, according to the United Nations, accounts for about one-third of Burma's total population. The city's Muslim population is served by four mosques, and Taung is home to some of the largest populations of Burmese Muslims. Besides the indigenous Pa O Intha, there are also other parts of the Shan State, such as the northern city of Arakan, as well as the Kachin State.
Moving east 42 km from Taunggyi City, you will see an impressive and huge limestone cave system called Hten San. From the pagoda to the east, the Shan Hills stretch in the distance and a small river from which you can swim.
Taunggyi's cultural diversity means that there are places of worship for a variety of religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and many other religions. As in most parts of Myanmar, the influence of Buddhism is most clearly demonstrated by the monasteries in the city. These are known as religious retreats, in which over 600 monks and nuns are accommodated for Buddhist study and meditation. Like most in Myanmar, it is mainly his influence on Buddhism that has manifested itself in the monasteries around the cities.
The Shan State Cultural Museum offers a unique insight into Taunggyi's history and cultural heritage. The museum houses a number of museums, including the National Museum of Myanmar and the Shan Museum. This stadium is home to Shan United Football Club, one of the most successful football clubs in the country.
The city is also home to the Eastern Command of the Tatmadaw, Myanmar's military, and is occupied by the Myanmar National Army, the country's most powerful military force. The Taunggyi Military Training Center, a military training facility for the military, is located at this location.
Taunggyi has an estimated population of 205,000, making it one of the largest cities in the country with a population density of over 1,500 people per square kilometre. The mountain rises above the surrounding plain, and from the town it climbs steeply. Given the hot, dry climatic conditions prevailing in central Myanmar, the climb is arduous. On a clear day, however, the view from above of the vast dry plains is one of the most beautiful views you can see in central Myanmar.
Taunggyi has many of the best accommodations you can find outside of the city. Yangon, the capital of Shan State, is the place to sail to Nyaung U in KyaukpadaunG. There is a flight to Tunggyi, provided you are willing to travel at least one and a half hours by car, but there is no need for a tired bus ride that requires a transfer to Nyung - U or KyAUk padawg. The capital of the state of Shannon itself is only a few hours drive from the capital in the north - west of Myanmar.
The annual spirits festival takes place here in the month of Nayon (May - June), and the annual Kakku Pagoda Festival takes place in the same month. Nyung - U. On non-festival days, Taunggyi is a large market town on the mountains, known for its tea, Thai and Chinese goods. The ethnic Shan celebrate Shan New Year on the first day of the New Year, usually on January 1 or 2. At midnight, fireworks and balloons ring in the "New Year," and at midnight the abbot of the Popa Monastery, which was then the largest hotel in Myanmar, is said to say hello.