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TAUNGGYI TRAVEL INFORMATION
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TAUNGGYI OVERVIEW
The town of Taunggyi is the capital of Shan State, Myanmar. Taunggyi has a population of approximately 200,000, making it the fourth largest city in Myanmar (behind Mawlamyaing), and is at an elevation of 1400 meters (4590 feet) above sea level. The name Taunggyi means "big mountain" in the Burmese language, and is named after the ridge on the east of the city, and the prominent high point on it is called the Taung-chun or "The Crag." Although within the Shan State, the Shans are not the predominant population of this city. The Inthas and the Pa-Os form the most visible population. Recently there has been a flood of Chinese immigrants. Taunggyi lies within the Myelat region of Shan State. Prior to British colonisation, Taunggyi was a small village of a few huts. The area lay on a wide shoulder of the Sintaung Hills of the Shan Plateau and was populated by the Pa-O ethnicity at the time. The signs of the original village of Taunggyi are long gone, but nearby villages can still be discerned quite easily. During British occupation, the town became the chief city and capital of the Southern Shan States. Taunggyi's modern development began in 1894, when the British moved their administrative offices from Maing Thauk (Fort Stedman) on the eastern shores of Inle Lake to the higher elevation of Taunggyi, for health and geographical reasons. Although geographically within the state of Yawnghwe, the town was denoted as a "notified area" by the British, exempt from the Sawbwa's adminstration. By 1906, there existed a thousand houses. Because of civil unrest throughout the Shan States during the early 1900s, Taunggyi served as the chief garrison for military police. Taunggyi also served as a supply centre for the Shan States, and catered to persons of many nationalities.

Kakku
The hidden treasure, magnificent collection of Buddhist Stupas unheard of by historians and unlisted in guide books lies in the deepest Pa-oh territory, 26 miles south of Taunggyi the capital of Shan State. There lies more than 2000 stupas in a site closely packed together in ranks covering an area of approximately a square kilometer apparently unknown to outside world. Kakku area is covered and scattered by Pa-oh villages especially stretching along on both sides of the main road from north to south.
The land route for tour groups starting from Taunggyi is possible and accessible for all year round. But tours originated from Inle Lake are considered to be possible only in the open season from late October to early May or before heavy rain falls. The yearly religious festival normally takes about one week. The climax of this festival usually falls on full moon of the Tabaung (Mid-March) every year. The Kakku pagodas festival also draws thousands of visitors from all parts of the Shan State.
 


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Ayeyarwady - Chaung Thar Beach - Ngwe Saung Beach , Bago - Taungoo, Magway ,Mandalay - Bagan - Pyin Oo Lwin, Sagaing - Monywa , Tanintharyi, Yangon - Letkokon Beach
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Chin - Hakhar, Kachin - Putao - Myitkyina , Kayah , Kayin , Mon - Kyaikhto , Rakhine - Kan Thar Yar Beach - Mrauk-Oo - Ngapali Beach, Shan - Inle Lake - Taunggyi - Kyaing Tong - Tachileik
 
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