Taunggyi is the capital city of Shan State. Shan State is the largest state in Myanmar and hence Taunggyi is an important city of trade. It is 1430 meters above sea level. Taunggyi meaning "The huge mountain" in Myanmar.

Taunggyi has a population about 120,000 and is composed of Shan, Bamar, Sikh, and some Muslims too.

The town has an interesting market place daily filled with colourful ethnic tribes. There is also a five-day market place. There is also a gem market on the eastern part of the town, where jade, rubies and sapphires are sold.

The Shan State Museum and Shan State Library is also in downtown. Shan Noodle and Shan Tofu shops can be found everywhere.


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