Pyin oo Lwin

  • Location: 67 km east of Mandalay
  • Status: Myanmar's Highland City of Flowers
  • Population: 791,805 (estimated 2002)
  • Area: 8,306.6 square kilometers
  • Religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism
  • An attractive destination with beautiful landscapes, colonial style buildings and fair weather

The town of Pyin Oo Lwin (also spelled Pyin U Lwin) is a pleasant hill town popular for Myanmar's visitors from major cities to rest during summers and for foreign travelers to drop by during winters. Around 65 kilometers east of Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin is situated in the Shan Highland, at an elevation of 1070 meters above the average sea level.

The town was discovered by British colony at the very end of the Third Burmese War and called Maymyo – meaning May’s Town, after the name of a commander. Thanks to the town’s comfortable and cool climate even in hot season – its unique trait that no other regions in Burma can possess, Maymyo quickly became British Government’s summer residence. When Burma regained control over its administration, the town’s name was changed into Pyin Oo Lwin as we know today.

Pyin Oo Lwin is known as Myanmar’s center of sericulture, medicinal plants researching, vegetable and flower production, and coffee growing. Main businesses of the area are sweater knitting, cow rearing, strawberry and pineapple orchards, flower and vegetable gardens, and coffee plantations. As a result, markets in Pyin Oo Lwin are filled with shops selling knitted sweaters, strawberry jams, coffee, wine, and different kinds of fresh greens and fruits.

Coming to this dreamy town, you will be amazed by the stunningly beauty of chrysanthemum, gladiolus and aster as these are Pyin Oo Lwin’s key flowers which are intensively grown and widely exported throughout Myanmar in any time of the year. Together with the alluring landscape and pleasurable weather, lots of old buildings in Edwardian style from British colonial government still remains at present, making the town an attractive destination. To get around the city, you can walk, rent a bicycle or motorbike at your hotel, or call a motorcycle taxi. Also, you can hide gharry – a type of cab drawn by horse – to grab a sense of traveling around Pyin Oo Lwin at its old days.

About 1.5 kilometers north of Pyin Oo Lwin is National Kandawgyi Gardens, the town’s most famous attraction. Originally built in 1915 under the name Maymyo Botanical Gardens, this place currently owns a diverse and copious collection of flora. Highlights of the complex are rose and orchid gardens, along with a stupa (a semi-hemispherical structure commonly seen in Myanmar) in the middle of a pond.

On the town’s main intersection is Purcell Tower whose clock is said to be a replica of Big Ben’s chimes. On the road behind Purcell Tower, there is Shiva Temple, a Hindu temple worshipping Lord Shiva. South of the town, Chinese Temple is a large and colorful temple constructed by immigrants from Yunan, China. These are attractions that you cannot miss when visiting Pyin Oo Lwin. Plus, it is worth a try to have a sip of grape wine at local restaurants or a cup of espresso at a shop named Golden Triangle Cafe & Bakery.

Pyin oo Lwin Tours

  •  Explore the mysterious Myanmar with visits to almost ancient city like Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Monywa, etc.
  •   Chance to meet hill tribe people and know more about the Burmese culture.
  •   Soak into the natural beauty of Pyin Oo Lwin.
  •   Get the unforgettable moment with visit to Golden Rock.
  •   Enjoy amazing pictures of local fishermen mixing with the red sunset on Inle Lake.
Experiences :
Only From $2,618
  •  Visit a lot of famous architectures in Yangon, and six other areas in Myanmar.
  •   Experience locals' life in the temples, tobacco workshop and markets.
  •   Discover natural landscapes and others beautiful places on the way of the tour.
  •   Taste local dishes and have knowledge about local culture and custom.
Experiences :
Only From $1,854
  •  Explore Yangon with the trip to Shwedagon Pagoda and other sights.
  •   Golf at some of most desirable courses, from Yangon, Bagan to PyinOoLwin.
  •   Have sightseeing and learn about the Buddhist architectural arts, history and culture of Burmese in Mandalay and Bagan.
  •   Try tasting some local dishes in the destinations.
  •   Take a boat trip and cycling trip to visit and discover the colorful life and views in Inle Lake and NyaungShwe.
Experiences :
  •  Profound understanding on the use of traditional Burmese herbs
  •   Considerable knowledge on the country's culture and nature
  •   Great admiration over stunning and magnificent pagodas and stupas
  •   Memorable trip to the most renowned destinations of Myanmar
Experiences :
  •  Gorgeous tour to the most holy land in the world, to experience the Burmese culture and its people's faith in Buddha
  •   Have an extremely relaxing time on the most pristine beach – the Ngapali in the world
  •   Take a closer look to the unspoiled wildlife and nature along the country
  •   Drop by Burmese rustic lands
  •   Enjoy the nice sunset and have an unforgettable trip
Experiences :
Only From $3,485 $3,788

Attractions In Pyin oo Lwin

Kandawgyi National Botanical Gardens
Kangdawgyi National Botanical Gardens situates in the Alpine town of Pyin Oo Lwin, which has great...
Pwe Kauk Waterfall
Having a very pleasant picnic spot, the Pwe Kauk Fallsin is the greatest choice that many Myanmar...
Peik Chin Myaung Cave
The Peik Chin Myaung is a limestone stalactite cave locating on Lashio Road, 23 km from Pyin Oo...
Purcell Tower
On the main road in the heart of Pyin Oo Lwin town, the Purcell Tower was the present from Queen...
National Landmark Garden
The National Landmark Garden which is next to the Kandawgyi National Botanical Gardens (about 30...

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