Beautiful natural painting in Ngway Taung (Silver Mountain Land)
In the end days of last years I could have taken a visit to a state that is known as Ngway Tawng (literally means Silver Mountain) from Kayah State where a well told romantic fairy-tale took place. That was my second time to that lovely place. The first time I was there was by the time my late father was on duty in the state and I just had my Matriculation exam; we stayed in Loikaw for two months at that time. But after ten years, all have already changed and looked different. Long before the state was said to be a brown area which means not safe for visitors. I still remember that we used to hear the sound of arsenals in the midnights. But now it seems all have fairly been fine. And I notice also many tourists are coming to the state.
Though I visited to Kayah State, my former plan was a trip to Kalaw – Inle – Taunggyi – Loikaw, so we went up to Inle (Nyaung Shwe) by a small car. After visiting to Inle, we continued going up to Taunggyi. And from Taunggyi, we took a short-cut way to Loikaw passing Htantsan, Muaidaw Kakku and Loi Lin. We thought to visit around Loikaw and Demawso in Kayah State. That road is a good way as well, the villages and the sights along the road are really beautiful. Small cars take that read most. Before we got to Loikaw, we could visit to Htiseekha waterfall.
Kayah State is the smallest state in Myanmar, covers only 4500 square-miles. You could reach to Loikaw from Yangon within an hour of flight. But if you take a express bus, it will take you around 12 hours. That is also because the read are good now. Before I went there it took one day and one night totally. At that time there were no upgraded express buses just as today, so the transportation by that time was a bit difficult. Though we came by this time according to our own plan with a car, we don’t feel any uncomfortable. The highway is good and along the road there are a lot of places to look around and visit, so the trip is really exciting.
Htiseekha, a natural waterfall for a recreation place
As we came passing Loi Lin short-cut road, it was more appropriate to have a visit to Htiseekha waterfall, so we went to it located at Htiseekha village. I was thinking to swim before but because of the strong current, left swimming, I even dared not dip my feet into the water. Some forbids not to swim. It is said that if you are not a local man, you aren’t supposed to swim for every year at least one visitor usually die in the water. So a lot of people worry about swimming. What important to visitors is to know the situation of the water and be familiar to it first. Swimming after drunk in the place which isn’t familiar to you would be like inviting the angel of death.
Summing or playing in the suggested area of water is like you keep your life from any possible dangers. The waterfall has step after another, yet the steps aren’t high. Even now it is beautiful naturally. I wish the people in charge should systematically have projects and protections for more attractions. To get to the waterfall which is located at the boundaries of Shan state and Kayah State meet, you would need to go along the burgundy road. If the rain would have been heavy, I think, the road might be a bit muddy for cars. Even though I didn’t play in the water, as I heard the sweet and gentle sound of the streaming water I could feel refresh in mind which had been a bit dizzy for a long ride. As we continued, there await a big wishing best signboard of Shan State and a big welcoming signboard ahead of us. From there we straightly drove to Taung Kwe Pagoda, the most significant place of Nguway Taung State (Kayah State).
Naturally Nine separated Mountains – Taung Kwe or Thirimingalar mountain
Taung Kwe Pagoda, this is a must place out of many places to go and visit if you are there in Loikaw. I myself know this place as Taung Kwe Pagoda. But the original name of this sacred mountain is Thirimingalar mountain. Staring from 1895 to 1950 the local people started to build each pagoda on each top of the naturally nine separated mountains. The tallest mountain’s high is 387 feet. In 1895, 22 cubits height of Shweyetsawng Pagoda, in 1913, 9 cubits height of Shweyinaye Pagod, in 1914, 9 cubits height of Kyauktanban Pagoda, in 1929, 24 cubits height of Pyilonechanthar Pagoda and 9 cubits height of lower Kyaikthiyo pagoda, in 1934 12 cubits height of upper Kyaikthiyo Pagod and in 1950 cubits height of Shewpyiaye Pagoda were built accordingly. Out of those pagodas, the highest pagoda, Pyiloncahnthar is the main site for worshiping.
Each pagoda is bridged to one another and there are also steps to climb, so it is easy to give homage to all of the pagodas. “When couples come to this place, they would break up thereafter” is also a saying with this place. The sight of Loikaw city from this Taungkwe Pagoda is as beautiful as a painting. You can climb up the mountain by foot or you can have elevator. I prefer climbing by foot. As we arrived there by the dawn, we could the beautiful evening sight of Loikaw and its night view as well. From there we went to Loikaw City Kyay Oh and BBQ House for our dinner, after that we moved on to the Kantharyar Hotel where we would stay. Service at the hotel is normal. Though breakfast is included, but you can’t expect much. Rooms are clean and neat. The price for one night staying is around 25000 kyats, so it is well to me. The sights around are also nice. The location is a litter bit far from the city and it is like in a corner. But this is not a problem at all to me for I always prefer to stay without noises.
Would you have a visit to a near place, Naung Yar Lake
In Loikaw city, there are not a lot of places to visit and look around. Not far from the Hotel we stay, there is a lake called Naung Yar Lake. There are no special things to talk about this lake but it is naturally a nice place. The weather in Loikaw is cold and has a lot of rain. Naung Yar lake is like a park and most of the visitors are youth. In the noon times, families are seen and in the evening youth couples are mostly seen. A wood bridge is built over that wide lake from the other side to another side. On the bridge is a very nice place to take pictures. It is a good place to walk and have sight early in the morning.
The city of Loikaw isn’t crowded, roads in the city aren’t also trafficked. The city is quite almost always. So those who have come from crowded cities would feel different, yet it is sure they would quietly feel peaceful.
Ngway Taung Dam - A must place to visit
Ngway Taung Dam which I came to be familiar along with my favorite actors and actress in some policies movies in my young age, is a must place to visit in this part of the country. It is in Demawso township. To reach to this place where Ngway Taung Pyi (Sliver Mountain Nation) is thought to be located, it takes around 45 minutes by bus. For me personally Ngway Taung Dam is just like a lake into which Ngway Taung stream flows. Around the dam are mountains, so the sight is beautiful. There are also steps down to the water. I went down after the steps and saw a lot of snails. It is said they are eatable. This dam provides the water for agriculture in that region and the local people use this water for drinking water.
Demawso Bazaar Day
Fortunately it was Demawso Bazaar day. I have been familiar to bazaar days in Shan state already. Now also I would like to know what new different things would be seen in Kaya state. Although Demawso Public Bazaar is said to be more crowded than other days, for me, I don’t think so. I make sure if that day was their Bazaar day. By the time we arrived was 10 am, so it was possible that the bazaar had been dismissed for that day. I didn’t find any interesting things to buy in bazaar, but I had to confess I was indeed interested in those who sold Khawng Yi (traditional alcohol drink). I saw Kayah women pouring the Khawng Yi out from the Yellow Plastic containers into bottles and selling Khawng Yi in cups. There are a lot of Khawng Yi sellers. Another interesting person was Kayan woman (Padawng Tribe). She was all dressed with her traditional dress; around her neck was her traditional copper loop and selling some honey in bottles, some firs and couples of traditional towels on a simple wood table. The things she sold were nothing special. A lady from our team liked to take picture with that woman and asked her to do so. But the woman asked money to take pi