Must-see attractions in Pyin Oo Lwin

  • Flowers and a lake in National Kandawgyi Botanical gardens in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar.

    National Kandawgyi Gardens

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    Founded in 1915 and carved out by Turkish prisoners captured by the British during WWI, this lovingly maintained 435-acre botanical garden features more…

  • Aung Htu Kan Tha Paya

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    Finished in March 2000, this dazzling pagoda is by far the region's most impressive religious building. It enshrines an enormous 17-ton white-marble…

  • Anisakan Falls

    Anisakan Falls

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    Just north of Anisakan village the plateau disappears into an impressive, deeply wooded amphitheatre, its sides ribboned with several waterfalls. The most…

  • Candacraig Hotel exterior

    Candacraig Hotel

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    Dating from 1904 and formerly the British Club, this colonial pile comes complete with side turrets and is set in attractively manicured gardens…

  • Peik Chin Myaung

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    Many Buddhist caves are little more than rocky niches or overhangs, but Peik Chin is much more extensive. It takes around 15 minutes to walk to the cave’s…

  • National Landmarks Garden

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    This extensive hilly park is dotted with representations of famous landmarks from around Myanmar. It's pretty tacky, but if you haven't got time to tour…

  • Myaing Gyi

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    After descending a loop of hairpins from Pyin Oo Lwin, the Hsipaw road reaches attractive Myaing Gyi, where a rickety monastery climbs a wooded hillside…

  • Pwe Kauk Falls

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    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

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    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…

  • Maha Aung Mye Bon Thar Pagoda

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    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

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    This large, classically styled if mostly modern, Chinese temple comes complete with ornate stucco dragons, rock gardens, a vegetarian buffet restaurant,…

  • Survey Training Centre

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    Grand, off-pink building that's now used by the government (so it can't be entered) dating back to the colonial era.

  • Shwezigone Paya

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    The most important central pagoda is Shwezigone Paya, though it’s not really worth a special detour.

  • Purcell Tower

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    Marking the town centre, this 1936 clock tower thinks it’s Big Ben, judging by its hourly chimes.

  • Mosque

    Pyin Oo Lwin

    Landmark central mosque, with a tower that resembles a lighthouse more than the average minaret.

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