Kyaingtong's central market is one of the most fascinating in Myanmar, playing host to a diverse mix of hill peoples, especially early in the morning. It displays heaps of fresh, unusual produce and delicious breakfast stalls (dishes from K800). You can also find clothes, phones, and Thai cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, plus change money.
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Nearby Eastern Myanmar attractions
1. Mausoleums of the Tai Khün Princes
Closed to the public, these mausoleums are the final resting place of the saophas (sky princes), who ruled Kyaingtong until the 1962 coup.
2. Wat Mahamuni
In the middle of a traffic roundabout, Wat Mahamuni is a classic Thai-style wat with a richly painted interior.
3. Pa Laeng Gate
Historic gate in downtown Kyaingtong.
4. Colony House
Visitors weren't allowed inside this handsome building from the colonial era at the time of research, but you can take photos from outside.
5. Cultural Museum
This lacklustre museum has a small collection of ethnic clothing, farming implements.and other hill-people objects, some inexplicably painted silver.
6. Yat Taw Mu
Pointing dramatically towards the mountains on a ridge overlooking Nyaung Toung lake, the 60ft-high standing buddha statue known as Yat Taw Mu is the most…
7. Immaculate Heart Cathedral
This Catholic church, located off Tachileik–Taunggyi Rd (Main Rd), dates back to the colonial era.
8. Roman Catholic Mission
This mission has been providing an education for hill peoples since colonial times.