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Eastern Shan State
The Shan State offers a variety of tribal crafts, cults and customs still retained as a matter of culture and not as an enforced tourist attraction on the ethnic peoples’ villages. The expiration of these villages is made more pleasant by the slurring scenes of mountain ranges, hidden waterfalls, a profusion of wild flowers and the simplicity of the people.
Kyaing Tong (Keng – Tung)
Kyaing Tong is known for its scenic beauty and many colorful ethnic tribes. Situated in the eastern Shan State and 452 km from Taunggyi and 176km from Tachileik. Places of interest around Kyaingtong are, the Spa, Naung Tong Lake, Sunn Taung Monastery, Central market and Traditional Lacquer ware works and weaving factory.There are many villages of various ethnic tribes resided around Kyaing Tong. The tribes known as Gon, Lwe, Li, Wa, Lah Hu, Thai Nay, Shan, Li Shaw, Li Su, Palaung, Akha, and we can only differentiate the tribes by colourful dresses which is different to one another. Can observe their tribal dances and their way of living on these mountainous regions around Kyaing Tong.
Tucked away in the far east of the Shan State, 456 km northeast of Taunggyi, 163 km north of the border town of Tachileik (opposite Mae Sai, Thailand) and 787 m above sea level.
Keng Tung is the sleepy but historic center of the Shan State’s Khun culture, surrounded by Wa, Shan, Ahkhu, Akha and Lahu villages. Built around the small lake, and dated with ageing Buddhist temples and a few examples of British colonial architecture. Kyaing Tong is probably the most scenic town in the Shan State.
About 80% of the township’s population of 180,000 people are Khun : roughly 15% are Shan-Chinese and the remainders are a mix of other ethnic cities such as Lahu.
About half of the population is Buddhist and another 17% is Christian. American Missionaries were quite active here, as their imposing churches attest.
A landmark of Keng Tung is a gift pavilion in the city center which enshrines the Mahamyatmuni Buddha. The interior of the pavilion is thickly gilled with pure gold-leaf. The image is hundreds of years old, donated by a Sawbwa. Hereditary ruling Prince of the time).Other Landmark are old city gate and a hilltop where a lone Kanyin-byu (Dipterocarpus Spp) tree Stands ; the people of Kyaing Tong believe it to be one of the threes planted at the birth of the town and that it is 600 years old.
How To Get There
The most convenient way is to fly from Yangon / Mandalay / Heho to Kyaing Tong . There are schedule flights to Kyaing Tong via Heho , Thachilake . The flight schedule is normally 3 times per week depends on season. Which take about 1 & 20 mins flying from Yangon to Heho and Heho to Kyaing Tong will take about one hour.