Pyin Oo Lwin Travel
Pyin Oo Lwin was formerly known as May Myo. It is a resort town in Mandalay Division in Myanmar, located some 67 kilometers east of Mandalay, and at an altitude of 1070 meters (3510 feet). It was initially a Shan village situated between Naungcho and Mandalay on the Lashio-Mandalay road. Pyin Oo Lwin is also known as ” Pan Myo Daw”, means “The City of Flowers”, for its different species and colorful flowers grown intensively.
During the British colonial occupation, the British, in 1896, developed it as a hill station because of its cool alpine climate, especially during the hot season. The colonial government of Myanmar would move to May Myo during the hot season to escape from the high heat and humidity of Yangon. The name May Myo means May Town in Burmese, and comes from the town's first administrator, Colonel May. As a legacy of the colonial period, the town has approximately 10,000 Indian and 5,000 Nepali inhabitants, who served in the British Indian Army and settled in May Myo after the British left, and granting independence to Burma. May Myo was also an important educational centre during colonial times, with the Government English High Schools, such as St. Mary's, St. Michael's, St. Albert's, and Colgate, all based in the town. It is also home to the Myanmar Defence Services Academy (DSA).
Pyin Oo Lwin is also well known for its colonial style houses with large compound and pine trees, unique horse carriages in town.
Pyin Oo Lwin is also a good place for shopping. Knitted sweaters, wines, Strawberry jams and various fresh fruits are popular products of Pyin Oo Lwin. Organic ground coffee from local plantations is good enough for export, as well.
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