Category Archives: Mandalay Interesting Places

The legendary “Bote-ta-lote” lake of Pindaya region.

According to Pindaya legend, there once lived a Nat King who had seven daughters. While these seven princesses were enjoying a bath in a lake at the foot of the mountain, they failed to notice that night was falling fast. When they realized that it was too dark to go home, they decided to spend

Pindaya Caves

Just a three-hour drive from Helo is a town located in the hills of the Shan State known as Pindaya. It is a popular destination for both pilgrims and tourists because of the mysterious caves called the Pindaya Caves where over the centuries, about nine thousand Budhha images have been consecrated for worship. These remarkable


The capital city of Shan State is Taunggyi, located 1,430m above sea level. Shan State being the largest state in Myanmar makes Taunggyi an important trading city. Taunggyi means “The huge mountain” in Myanmar. With a population of about 120,000, this city is inhabited by various ethnic groups like the Shan, Bamar, Sikh, as well

Putao (Kachin State)

Putao is a town in the far north of Kachin State and is close to the Hkakaborazi Mountain which at 5,889m is the highest in Myanmar. In fact, Hkakaborazi means ‘snowcapped all year round’. Putao and the surrounding area lie above the Tropic of Cancer, in a zone characterized by subtropical, broadleaf, evergreen forest up

Kyaing Tong

456 km from Taunggyi, the capital city of Shan State is a town called Kyaing Tong. The inhabitants of Kyaing Tong belong to ethnic tribes such as Wa, Shan, Akha and Lahu. Acknowledged as the most scenic town in Shan State, Kyaing Tong has been endowed with a large number of temples, stately colonial buildings


In southern Myanmar, on the Irrawaddy River is a trading center named Pyay which is also known as Prome town. The name Prome is in fact a mispronunciation of the town’s Burmese name by non-Burmese natives and the British. Owing to its being so commonly used, the name has become virtually official. The locals call

Mahamuni Pagoda

The Mahamuni Pagoda was made in the likeness of the Maha Muni Image at Mandalay. Seindon Mibaya-gyi, a prominent Queen of King Mindon from Mandalay went to live in Mawlamyine after the annexation. There she and other members of the Myanmar Royal family felt a great desire to pay homage to the Maha Muni Image

Uzina Pagoda

The Uzina Pagoda is named after a mysterious person named Uzina. It is believed that no one really knew who he was. Some believe that Uzina was a sage who lived during the reign of King Asoka. What is known is that he was a simple villager who found a pot of gold buried in

Kyaik Than Lan Pagoda

Three famous pagodas adorn the Mawlamyine Ridge out of which the Kyaik-than-lan Pagoda was erected in 875 A.D. during the reign of King Mutpi Raja. A hair relic of the Buddha, Tripitaka manuscripts and gold images of the Buddha were enshrined in the pagoda. In the years that followed, successive kings raised the pagoda higher