The principal hill station and summer retreat of the colonial period:
Pyin-Oo-Lwin is 67 km away from Mandalay. It is over 1000
meters above sea level
and has a pleasantly cool weather all year round. The 142-hectare Botanical
Garden, Pwekauk Waterfalls and Chinese Temple are places worth visiting. Nearby
are Peik-chin-hmyaung Cave and GokTeik Rail Bridge.
During the British colonial occupation 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 MayMyo during the hot season to escape
from the high heat and humidity of Yangon AND Mandalay. The
name MayMyo means May's 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 Nepalese inhabitants, who served in the British
Indian Army and settled in MayMyo after the British time.
MayMyo was 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 Defense Services
Kandawgyi National Garden - It was known as MayMyo Botanical
Garden. It consists of a variety of plants, trees, flowers
and animals. It is a 49 acres natural forest. It opens daily
from 7am to 5.30pm.