Taunggyi is situated in the southern Shan State and is the capital town of Shan States. It is 4.712feet above the sea level and has a moderate climate.
It is situated on a high plateau surrounded by high mountains. As the small town lies on a hill region, the atmosphere is conducive to good health especially by means of the salubrious mountain air. It usually rains in Taunggyi from June to November and average annual rainfall is 32.68 inches. To reach Taunggyi you first have to fly to Heho, about 40 kilometers to the West because the town itself does not boast an airfield.
The town can be reached by road, rail or air from all parts of the country. The distance between Yangon and Which is 456 miles away and can be reached by road directly. The road to Taunggyi is full of bends and zigzags and seen from above resembles a snake. One can have a good view of the surrounding area while traveling along this road. As soon as you enter this charming town, the magnificent Sao Sam Htun Hospital can be seen first and further on there are the Taunggyi Department Store, the market, Dhammayon (congregation hall), Agricultural Bank, cinemas and shops and stores, restaurants, churches, Shan State Cultural Museum, Taunggyi Degree College, the golf course and residential buildings.
There are pines, cherry and eucalyptus trees growing all over the town and the whole area is green and pleasant. The busiest part of Taunggyi is the Myoma Market, a place where people from the environs used to flock only once every five days to buy and sell their regional products. Now it has become a daily market and is constantly crowded with people. It is also the gathering point of different national races residing in and near Taunggyi.
Another interesting place to visit in Taunggyi is the Cultural Museum where cultural objects. musical instruments. traditional dresses. household and farm implements. paintings. sculptures. arts and crafts of the different national races residing in Shan State can be seen. There are also ‘Hawnans” (palatial residences) where the Shan Sawbwas (Shan Chieftains) used to live can also be observed.
In Taunggyi. the capital city of the Shan State. the people celebrate the Tazaungdine festival with Kahtein (offering of monk robes) as well as the releasing up fire-balloons into the sky. Balloons in the shape of elephant, ox, horse, water-buffalo, bird, pig, fish, owl and parrot are released. The Taunggyi festival is the biggest festival in the country. It is attended not only by Taunggyi Citizens but also by people from southern Shan State and many different races. Taungyi’s Kahtein tradition is amazing and worthy of reverence.