Wednesday, 25 February 2015 03:40

Colonial buildings, avenues of eucalyptus and pine trees, beds full of flowers and painted horse and carts,  gives this town, 1,070 meters above sea level, a unique charm. The Colonial British Government would move here from Rangoon to escape the heat, and during the war it was home to the Headquarters of the Burma Division, a largely Gurkha and Indian division, which has led to the large ‘Nepali’ population in the town.


All Saint’s Church
Founded in 1912, it was the church of the Governor as it was built close to the Governor’s House.  Inside are  plaques of the regiments who served in Pyin Oo Lwin during World War II, and the sanctuary has a memorial to the 10th Gurkha Regiment along with two empty bomb shells that are being used as plant stands.


Governor’s House
The original Governor’s house was destroyed by a Japanese bomb, but the Aurum Hotel Group authentically rebuilt it from photographs, and it is now a luxurious boutique hotel. Photos and mannequins in the foyer show who used to live here.


Chan Tak Chinese Temple
This modern, classically styled, Chinese temple is surrounded by statues, dragons, ponds and beautiful gardens. There is also a 7-layered Chinese style pagoda which gives great views over the town. Next door is Tian Ran Vegetarian Café & Restaurant, and at the back is an acupuncture clinic.


Colonial Houses
Drive along the Circular Road to see a number of colonial houses and administrative buildings nestling amongst trees.  Look out for the famous Candacriag Hotel (now called Thiri Myaing Hotel) which used to be the guest house of the Bombay Burma Trading Company, and where George Orwell stayed.


National Landmarks Garden
Full of small scale models of national landmarks from each State in Myanmar.


National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens
These gardens were first established in 1915 and modeled after Kew Gardens in the UK. There are vast landscaped lawns, beautiful flower beds, rose, orchid and bamboo gardens, a lake and a petrified wood museum, fossil museum and the butterfly museum.  Buggy rides are available around the garden.


Where to Eat

Night Market
A line of food stalls sets up at night selling delicious Shan, Indian and Chinese dishes and snacks.  


Golden Triangle Café & Bakery
This coffee shop sells locally grown and roasted coffee, and has a great range of snacks and pastries.


Feel Restaurant
An outpost of the famous restaurant chain from Yangon, beautifully situated on the side of Kandawgyi Lake.


Just Outside the Town

Peik Chin Myaung Cave
This 20 ft wide, 1,600 ft long limestone stalactite cave, said to be between 230 to 310 million years old, is full of shrines and Buddha images. A pathway winds its way through the cave over underground springs and past small waterfalls. In front of the cave is a waterfall and many stalls selling local products.


December Farm
A delightful coffee shop set in the middle of a dairy and strawberry farm, and landscaped gardens.  There is a mini petting zoo where children can stroke guinea pigs and ride horses.


Pwe Kauk Waterfall
Many people come here to swim and play in the water in the upper part of the waterfall.


Maha Ant Htoo Kan Thar Pagoda (Pagoda of the Reluctant Buddha)
A marble Buddha image fell off a truck as it was being transported to China and it could not be lifted and reloaded.  A local monk prayed for 7 days which made the image easier to move and a new pagoda was built to house it.  During the construction, a bag of gold jewellery was found which is now on display.

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