Taunggyi is the capital of Shan State, Myanmar (Burma), The name Taunggyi means “huge mountain” in the Burmese language. Taunggyi holds a hug fire balloon festival at full-moon Tazaungmon (the eighth month of the Myanmar Lunar Calendar). Every five days the old market ground hosts a busy tribal market that attracts lots of traders from the hills. It is also a busy trading post and the town markets are piled high with Chinese and Thai goods, freighted in daily via the border crossings at Tachileik and Mongla. The 2478 stupas at Kakku are one of the most remarkable sights in Shan State.
The stupa garden was founded by the Buddhist missionaries of the Indian Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC according to the local legend. The stupa at Kakku was built in a bewildering variety of styles, making the prevailing architectural styles when they were constructed.
Taunggyi in Myanmar (Burma)
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