Between the large main market and the Nannhaewon Amusement Park is the eye-catching Mahamyatmuni Paya, an open-sided pavilion enshrining a dazzle-faced…
- Mahamyatmuni Paya
- 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…
- 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.
- Central Pagoda
The principal Buddhist temple in the heart of Hsipaw has a shimmering golden stupa visible from several blocks away.
- Church of the Immaculate Conception
Built in 1906 along classic lines, this is one of the earliest churches in Pyin Oo Lwin.
- Banyan Tree Nat Shrine
This is an important local shrine for traditional nat (spirit being) worship.
- Pwe Kauk Falls
Called Hampshire Falls in British times, Pwe Kauk is more small weirs and splash pools rather than a dramatic waterfall, but the forest glade setting is…
- All Saints’ Church
This red-brick church was founded in 1912 and while there's something of the English country village look to its shape, in colour and atmosphere it's a…
- King Chaung Waterfall
This pretty waterfall has been turned into a bit of a circus with the establishment of an amusement park below. Visitors can choose from bumper cars, a…
- Maha Aung Mye Bon Thar Pagoda
Around 6am the pretty Maha Aung Mye Bon Thar Pagoda broadcasts Buddhist suttas (lectures) through its loudspeakers, just in case your alarm clock is…
- Chan Tak
This large, classically styled if mostly modern, Chinese temple comes complete with ornate stucco dragons, rock gardens, a vegetarian buffet restaurant,…
- Survey Training Centre
Grand, off-pink building that's now used by the government (so it can't be entered) dating back to the colonial era.
These four column-fronted 19th-century godowns (warehouses) are located between the riverfront and Central Market.
- Clock Tower
Looking a little like the clock tower in Pyin Oo Lwin, this is an underwhelming landmark in the centre of town.
- Shwezigone Paya
The most important central pagoda is Shwezigone Paya, though it’s not really worth a special detour.
- Purcell Tower
Marking the town centre, this 1936 clock tower thinks it’s Big Ben, judging by its hourly chimes.
Landmark central mosque, with a tower that resembles a lighthouse more than the average minaret.
- Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Up near the Shan Market, this fine half-timbered mansion is a Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
- Number 4 High School
Working high school in a large red-brick British-era building.
- Aung Chantha Paya
Buddhist temple in Pyin Oo Lwin.