Taunggyi is the capital of Shan State, Myanmar. Shan State is the largest state in Myanmar. Taunggyi has an estimated population of 205,000 and the fourth largest city in Myanmar.
Taunggyi is at an elevation of 4,712 feet (1,436 m) above sea level. The name Taunggyi means “big mountain” in the Burmese language. The Inthas and the Pa-Ohs are the original inhabitants and the most visible population. In addition to the indigenous Pa-Oh and Intha, there is a significant population of Shans, Bamars, other native ethnic minorities, as well as Gurkha, Chinese and Burmese Muslims.
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-Oh ethnicity at the time. During British occupation, the town became the chief city and capital of the Southern Shan States. Taunggyi’s modern development began in 1894.
As Taunggyi is 4th largest city it is an important city of trade. There is a gem market on the eastern part of the town, where jade, rubies and sapphires are sold.
The Shan State Museum and Shan State Library is also in downtown. Shan Noodle and Shan Tofu shops can be found everywhere.
Taunggyi is famous for Wine, good weather, nice places and entertainers. (Source: Wiki)
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