- By Thiha (The Traveller)
It is a town that linked the Shan mountains with the plain. A town situated at the edge of Mandalay Region bordering Shan State. It was known in many names. Flower town, hill station town, hill step town etc. During colonial time, it was Maymyo or May Town and now known as Pyin Oo Lwin. The weather was never at an extreme. Cool all the time. It was a place where many colonial mansions and bungalows abound.
It was a place where many races and religions lived in peace and harmony. Places of worship related to many religions can be found here. Many dress styles can be seen and a variety of foods can be tasted.
New places to visit in Pyin Oo Lwin
New places described here were indeed new that came into existence in end 2018 or in early 2019. It also include places that were in existence earlier but were not known much by the people.
I felt envious of the lovely parks with flower and statues that attracts visitors in Thailand and wished that we could have the same. Mico Hill is such a place that made my wish comes true. It is a resort with flowers and small buildings. The future plan include having shows and entertainment. Entry is 1,000 Kyat per person that includes a small bottle of drinking water. It is situated beside Pyin Oo Lwin-Lashio road. Go past Maha Ant Htoo Kan Than Buddha image and toll gate. You’ll see it on the left side of the road.
Humpty dumpty pagoda and monastery
Driving along Pyin Oo Lwin-Lashio road and after passing December Farm, you’ll see a signboard on the left side of the road pointing to Humpty dumpty pagoda and monastery. After passing December Farm, have a keen lookout for that signboard as we almost always went past it and had to turn back whenever we went there. Humpty dumpty pagoda is a pagoda with Buddha images among humpty dumpty dolls. A strange place with a strange construction but color combinations was attractive enough to make you take photographs.
Sitha Coffee Farm
Sitha Coffee Farm was there for long but it became a visitors’ place only recently. There is a huge coffee shop and beyond the coffee shop is coffee plantation that was like a park. Entrance fee is Kyat 1,000 per person. You’ll be given a cup of coffee as well. It’s a big plantation. The walk is quite considerable amounting to soft trekking. You can see coffee beans extracted and dried as well as coffee plantations and oddly enough, a boat yard with some boats in it. It is an interesting place to visit.
When I was there the first time there was no entrance fee. Now it is 1,000 Kyat per person and 500 Kyat per car. You can take a buggy inside with 500 Kyat for going in and 500 Kyat for coming out. But the place wasn’t too big so I prefer taking a walk instead of a buggy ride. Here too there was a pond with boat if you want to take a boat ride. Restaurants had varieties of foods and you can also go horse riding. This time around, I saw some small tents beside the pond where visitors can eat while enjoying the scenery. Quite a variety of flowers were planted and the place is becoming a place to visit for photographers.
Sulamani Structure and Mya Myintzu four side pagoda
Most visitors and devotees overlook this place. It was in front of Myawaddy Fuel Station beside Ruby Mart. Inside, you’ll see the structure and the pagoda. There were many monasteries inside. The view from the top was quite breath taking.
Usual places of visit in Pyin Oo Lwin
After mentioning new places, I’ll now point out the usual places of visit in Pyin Oo Lwin.
(1) Maha Ant Htoo Kan Tha Pagoda
The huge marble Buddha image was made and being transported to China when it fell off the truck at the place where the pagoda was built. As it seemingly refuses to leave the country, a pagoda was built with the image inside it. Ever since it fell off the truck, devotees were paying homage to it and now the pagoda is a must for all Pyin Oo Lwin visitors to visit. Hot air balloon festival was held at the field opposite the pagoda.
(2) Zina Mann Aung Rock Mountain Pagoda
This pagoda was at the entrance of Pyin Oo Lwin. As it was on a small hill, the view of the town from the hill was beautiful.
(3) Bamboo Buddha image
This Buddha image was on the right side of road going up to Pyin Oo Lwin before reaching Dat Taw Gyaint Waterfall. It can be reached by taking the circuit road around Pyin Oo Lwin. The Buddha image was made of bamboo. This was interesting enough but the surrounding view of nature would also be an added bonus to visit the place.
(4) Snake Pagoda
This was on the right side of Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin road. I didn’t visit this place but many visitors do visit it.
(5) Chinese temple
Chinese temple in Pyin Oo Lwin is another must-visit place. There’s a vegetarian shop. Chinese traditional stick horoscope can also be tried out with the help of nuns. There were many places for photography enthusiasts. There was even a place where Chinese and Korean dresses were rented to put on and take photograph.
(6) 100 years old churches
There were several 100 years old churches in Pyin Oo Lwin. High numbers of visitors were disrupting prayer services so casual visits were nowadays discouraged. So I don’t want to point out where it was. You can easily find your way but be careful not be a nuisance to devotees.
(7) Peik Chin Myaung Cave
Peik Chin Myaung Cave also known as Maha Nadamu Cave is a cave situated south of Wetun willage 23 km from Pyin Oo Lwin. There are many Buddha images in the cave. With a small waterfall nearby, many visitors can’t resist a dip into it. A variety of foods as well as tradition herbal medicines were also available.