Your Myanmar Tour to Taungoo city, you are invited to visit an ancient site that has a long history with traditional culture. Not only that, visitors can take part in exciting activities such as visiting elephant camps, watching elephants work, or making exploring trips in the forest.
History of Taungoo City
Taungoo (also spelled Toungoo), a busy city on the highway, is a popular overnight stopover for both tourists and truckers. There are many interesting temples, a vibrant central market, a romantic lake scene. It has more noteworthy places than any other city on the Yagon-Mandalay line. But there is not much competition from each other.
An excellent guest house on the outskirts of the city easily catches visitors one more day. Moreover, this place is also used as a base for visiting elephant camps in the western hills.
King Mingyinyo founded his capital here and his reign ruled 150 years later. However, the bombing of World War II destroyed Mingyinyo’s palace (only parts of the old walls and trenches around the palace are still visible).
In 2010, a new impressive door has been erected as well as the king’s enormous statue. Visitors shouldn’t miss when moving on the old stretch from Yangon to Mandalay, east of The palace walls.
This area is also known for its large palm. In Myanmar, when someone receives unexpected good luck, they are compared as one who gets paid for a trip to Taugoo .
Bang Kayin is less than 22 miles (35km) to the east and Kayah State is more than 40 miles (64km) to the east. Karen and Kayah insurrectionists are known to bring about many changes to this land.
A dry road to the east continues until Loikaw, but any trip that goes beyond the Sittoung River a few miles east of Taugoo requires special permission through a Travel agent.
Beautiful scenery and activities in Taungoo
In addition to visiting the sights, it will be very funny to rent a bike and spend half a day cycling around town attractions and countryside. Motorbikes can be rented from the Myanmar Beauty Hostel, for 2000 Kyat per day.
Visit the ancient temple of Taungoo
Taugoo’s largest pilgrimage site is in the center of the town, about 500 meters west of the main road. The central tower was gilded and dated back to 1597. Local legend says that a previous tower was built centuries ago and stored sacred objects.
Moving to the north, you can see the image of King Taugoo (and a queen) on the right side. And around the building, there are the Buddha and the disciples was put in the circle.
On the western side of the tower, there is a 12ft (3.5m) bronze Buddha meditation statue, given to Paya in 1912 by a pensioner who donated bronze and silver Weight his body to mold the statue. He died at the age of 72, after three years of casting the statue. His ashes were placed behind the statue.
In the East, there is a temple of Thurathati – a Hindu goddess. Fine art students often pray to the goddess before the exams.
A worthwhile trip – Elephant camp tour
Myanmar has a large number of elephants that have been domesticated in the world. The number is around 4000 and is the only country in the world where elephants are used on a large scale in the industry. Especially with the logging is conducted under the auspices of the MTE company.
In a mountainous area of Karen villages and teak plantations, 35 miles (56 km) northwest of Taugoo, visitors can visit logging farms and observe working elephants at close quarters. . However, many animal welfare organizations express their worry about the methods which was used to domesticate elephants.