A unique mountain retreat.
Founded in 1852, Thandaung Gyi is a picturesque mountain town situated in the northern mountains of Kayin state. A 5-6 hour drive from Yangon, it sits at 4,820 feet above sea level. Because of its temperate climate it was originally used by the British as a hill station and summer resort. The architecture of this unique town is characterized by old colonial buildings, numerous churches, pagodas, a Hindu temple, and traditional Karen houses.
Where to Stay
- Grace for Grace
- I Wish
- Peace House
- Star of the East
- San Sou
- Kaing’s Villa
- Golden Crown
- Home Sweet Home
There are approximately 10 restaurants and eateries on or near the main road offering local Karen, Burmese, Nepali, and Chinese food. Most markets are closed on Sunday.
Sites and Attractions
- Prayer Mountain / Naw Bu Baw Mountain
- This pilgrimage site is a popular destination among the Karen people. It is a 30-45 minute hike uphill from the town. Trek past numerous chapels to the summit to find the giant cross.
- Karen New Year Mountain
- Adjacent to Prayer Mountain, this site displays Karen cultural artifacts connected to the New Year.
- Visit and attend services at the old St. John Chapel and the St. George Anglican Church in the center of town, and on the way to Prayer mountain you will find Zion’s Baptist church.
- Tea Plantations and Tea Factory
- Stroll through the picturesque landscape of the tea plantations and visit the 100 year old tea factory built during the colonial era.
- The British Hill Station
- From the main bridge you can a short set of steps up to the old British fort for an almost 360 view of the town.
- Sri Duraka Dayvi Hindu Temple
- A short walk up from the main bridge this temple was built for Indian workers of the tea factory during the colonial era.
- Pyay Taw Aye Pagoda
- This beautiful little pagoda is located right next to the main road at the entrance to the town.
- Karen New Year Festival
- Celebrated on the first day of the month of Pyathoe in the Karen calendar. Activities include bamboo dances, speeches, singing, storytelling, and sporting events.
*Sources: Thandaung Gyi Tourism Development Working Group and Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute, Yangon.