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Shan State

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Shan state is lying in the eastern sector of Myanmar. The population is around 4702000 and geographic is around 155795.71 sq-km. It’s the largest of 14 administrative divisions by land area in Myanmar. It covers almost a quarter of the total area of Myanmar. Shan state borders China to the North, Lao to the east and Thailand to the south. It has a tropical climate with low temperature as they are hill regions. The coldest month is between December-January. The average temperature of the region is 70°F- 80°F. The capital city is Taung gyi.

Southern Shan

Around Taunggyi

Taunggyi is the capital of Shan State and it has estimated population of 380,665. It is the fifth largest city in Myanmar. At an altitude of 1400m, the Pine-Clad hill station of Taunggyi is a popular summer resort with its scenic charm and pleasantly cool climate. It is also a growing trade centre for the south-western area of Shan State with the goods from Thailand, China and India. The special event of Taunggyi is Hot-air Balloon or Fire Balloon Festival which held around November, full-moon day of Tazaungmone.

Kakku Mwetaw(SutaungPyae)pagoda : 25 miles sub of Taunggyi

The Kakku Mwetaw is a pagoda complex in the hills overlooking the valley South East of Inle Lake. The remote site, only recently opened to visitors, is located in Pa-Oh territory, a people related to the Karen. Some 2,500 pagodas, most of similar shape and size, are found in long rows closely put together in a square field. At the center is the 40 meters high main stupa, surrounded by mostly well preserved smaller ones. Most still have the Hti, a top element shaped like an ornamental umbrella. The centuries old pagodas are made from brick and plastered with stucco, a lot of which has crumbled off. Some of them have trees and bushes growing out of them. Many stupas are adorned with well preserved sculptures carved in stucco, some of which still show their original colors. A number of pagodas enshrine images of the Buddha. Admission to the site is US$ 3 per person.

Shwe Phone Pwint (Su Taung Pyae Taung Paw)Pagoda

One of Taunggyi’s most famous pagodas, this one provides an impressive view of the city and surrounding hills, and on a clear day you can see clear across to Inle Lake. It’s also a very peaceful and (usually) quiet spot, with the higher winds tickling the pagoda bells and the cooler air making a nice place for a sit. You can come here by vehicle or motorbike, of if you’d like some exercise you can walk from downtown, which will take an hour or two depending on your stamina. Just walk to the east side of the city towards the mountain side, and eventually you’ll find the serpent-covered stairway just across the train tracks leading up. It’s a beautiful walk, and you can take a rest midway at Naga Monastery before reaching the peak. If you go in the morning you’ll see monks going and coming back from alms round. Just off the other side of the pagoda you can find Ruby Cave. Not far from here and clearly visible the Toung Chun Zedi, a small pagoda on a steep jagged peak that is only accessibly by footpath. Several years ago it was struck by lightning, and it remains a place where few people visit.

Montawa Cave

It is situated 2 miles (3 km) west of Taunggyi and accessible by car. Being on the wall of the mountain, it is a long deep cave with narrow entrance. There are about 1000 Buddha images inside the cave. There are no evidences to prove how long and how deep it is.

Myanmar Vineyard

Located at Ayethayar, 3 miles west of Taunggyi, this vineyard – the country’s first – sits at an elevation of 4290ft on well-watered, limestone-rich soils, providing good growing conditions for Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Moscato grapes.

Opening hour is 9am-4pm daily for tours and tastings.

Shan State Cultural Museum & Library

The cultural museum & library is located in Bogyoke aung san road, Taung gyi. In addition to the usual displays of local ethnic-group outfits you’ll also find a handful of displays of weapons, musical instruments and jewellery, although few are accompanied by an English-language explanation.
Opening hour is 9.30am-4pm and open every Wed-Sun. The admission fee is $2 or K2000.

Sulamuni Paya

On the outskirts south of town, this temple complex has a gilded corncob stupa that pays tribute to the Ananda Pahto in Bagan. Opening in daylight hours and admission fee is free.

Padah-Lin Cave

Padah-Lin Caves are limestone caves located in Taunggyi District, Shan State, Burma (Myanmar). It is located near a path from Nyaunggyat to Yebock, on a spur of the Nwalabo Mountains within the Panlaung Reserved Forest. There are two caves; the smaller of the two is a rockshelter while the larger cave comprises nine chambers connected by narrow passages in a north-south axis, three large sink holes that let natural light in, and several active speleothem formations.

A superficial investigation of the caves in Shan State had been performed by the American South-East Expedition for Early Man in 1937–1938, and geologist U Khin Maung Kyaw discovered the paintings in 1960.In 1969–1972, the Burmese government organized a more in-depth investigation, and another expedition to the caves was mounted in 2004.