Things to do in TaunggyiActivities in Taunggyi
The Nyaung Shwe Market
The Nyaungshwe is the major town on Inle Lakes and an important trade centre for the lakeside town. The Nyaung Shwe is a five days open only every fifth morning and is very interesting for visitors. In the Inlay area, local mountain tribal people come to buy their local handicrafts, produce, fruit and vegetable at this local store.
Shwe Yan Pyay Mounastery, just a few steps from NyaungShwe, is a charming early nineteenth century timber cloister. It has a beautiful gold plated roof. It attracts photojournalists because of its singular ovals - and the unbelievable lighting inside - and because of the beautiful stone statue next to it with its reddish inside and thousand of alcoves each containing a small Buddha.
Mostly known for its chalky caverns, the Pindaya caverns, where in the course of the ages thousand of Buddha pictures were dedicated to him. Pindaya caverns are very impressive with almost 8,000 Buddha pictures, and most of them are made of pure golden. Giant monasteries with countless monasteries with various types of ruins and shrines are highly appreciated by ethnical groups such as the Schanen, Danus and Paos in the surroundings of Pindaya.
The traditional Shan parasol work in Pindaya can also be observed. Situated to the western side of Inle Lake, which is populated by only a few thousand Myanmar native speakers. Situated between Kalaw and Inle Lake, the beautiful hilly landscape is home to some of Asia's most pristine minorities, such as Palaung, Pa-O, Taungthu and Danu.
Many smaller caverns exist in the nearby mountains and Kalaw has its own Shweohnmin pagoda outcrop. Taunggyi, the main town of Shant Stats, is about 45 min drive from Nyaung Shwe. Tazaungdaing Lighting Festival is the most important festival in Taunggyi. The Taunggyi Tazaungdaing Festival takes place every year and is attended by a community sacrifice of the golden gown in the form of aprocessions.
Myoma Market (known as Taunggyi Market), a place where local residents are selling their local produce, is also the meeting place of various ethnic breeds living in Taunggyi. St. Joseph's Cathedral, a Baptist temple founded by the early ministers, Sulamuni Pagoda and Shwe Phone Pwint Pagoda are also famed places in Taunggyi.
The Kakku Pagoda Complex, Taunggyi, has a number of amazing antique memorials and is situated in the centre of the Shan State and about 33 kilometres from Taunggyi. They are mainly a group of thousand of pergolas and terraces constructed in the sixteenth centuries. On the streets leading to the pagoda complex, the visitor can experience the nature and culture.
You can get an idea of the way of life of these ancient peoples who laid the foundations for the stunning pagoda complex. The Inle Lake can only be reached from the guesthouse. Situated 900 metres above seeevel, the lake is impudently scenic - it has still, quiet water with swimming bushes and bustling coves.
Inle' architectural religion and Buddha sculptures are strongly inspired by Shan. The Phaungdaw Oo Pagoda, one of the most important Myanmar pagodas. Originally from the eighteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Buddha pictures from the twelfth centuries have totally disappeared as the pendants plaster them with golden leaves all the time.
Annual celebration of the pagodas in September/October. The Nga Phe Chaung Abbey is known as Jumping Cat's monastery, which should not be left out during your visit to Inle Lake. Wood convent on piles over the sea, four years before the Mandalay Palace erected. There is a library of Buddha pictures in Shan-Tibetan, Bagan and Inwa-Tyle.
Located just 10 walking min uts from the guesthouse, this small musuem of the Chief's house. Formerly a resident of the Chief of Societies, this edifice was abandoned by the Chief before the army took a major U.S. takeover in 1962. Beautifully exhibited with the king's crown, the costs of the king's family, the utensils used at the formal events, such as limousine, sofa, stools, decorative material and their photographs.