Must see attractions in Hsipaw

  • Sights in Hsipaw

    Myauk Myo

    At the northern edge of town, Hsipaw’s oldest neighbourhood has a village-like atmosphere, two delightful old teak monasteries and a collection of ancient brick stupas known locally as Little Bagan. Though this name blatantly overplays the size and extent of the sites, the area is undoubtedly charming. The multifaceted wooden Madahya Monastery looks especially impressive when viewed from across the palm-shaded pond of the Bamboo Buddha Monastery (Maha Nanda Kantha).

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    Bawgyo Paya

    Five miles west of Hsipaw, beside the Hsipaw–Kyaukme road, this pagoda is of great significance to Shan people and gets overloaded with pilgrims who arrive en masse during the annual Bawgyo Paya Pwe, culminating on the full-moon day of Tabaung (February/March). The pagoda’s current incarnation is an eye-catching 1995 structure of stepped gilded polygons, within which the dome supposedly incorporates genuine rubies.

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    Hsipaw Palace

    Built in 1924, the fading Hsipaw Palace is an English-style mansion set in run-down grounds. But if the building is infused with a melancholic air, the charming Mr Donald and his wife Fern make gracious hosts. They welcome visitors in their sitting room decorated with family photos and will relate the fascinating history of their ancestors and the sad fate of the last sawbwa (Shan prince) who ruled Hsipaw until the military junta seized power in 1962.

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    Sunset Hill

    For sweeping views across the river and Hsipaw, climb to Thein Daung Pagoda, also known as Nine Buddha Hill or, most often, Sunset Hill. It’s part of a steep ridge that rises directly behind the Lashio road, just over a mile south of Hsipaw.

  • Sights in Hsipaw

    Mahamyatmuni Paya

    South of the central area, Mahamyatmuni Paya is the biggest and grandest pagoda in the main town. The large brass-faced buddha image here was inspired by the famous Mahamuni Buddha in Mandalay. He’s now backed by an acid-trip halo of pulsating coloured lights that would be better suited to a casino.

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    Produce Market

    Most interesting before dawn, when the road outside is jammed with hill villagers selling their wares; all will have cleared away by 7am, although the market continues until 1pm.

  • Sights in Hsipaw

    Central Market

    The main market in town is a busy affair in the morning when locals come to shop for produce. By the afternoon, it is usually pretty sleepy.

  • Sights in Hsipaw

    Central Pagoda

    The principal Buddhist temple in the heart of Hsipaw has a shimmering golden stupa visible from several blocks away.

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    Banyan Tree Nat Shrine

    This is an important local shrine for traditional nat (spirit being) worship.

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    Godowns

    These four column-fronted 19th-century godowns (warehouses) are located between the riverfront and Central Market.

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    Clock Tower

    Looking a little like the clock tower in Pyin Oo Lwin, this is an underwhelming landmark in the centre of town.