"Pyin Oo Lwin" Maymyo by Wakanki

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This was my first trip up to the mountains (1200m) of Myanmar, escaping from the crazy and dusty Mandalay. Pyin Oo Lwin (pronounced Piulín) was also a break in terms of landscapes and colors, a taste of rural life.
Founded by the British in 1887 as a hill station, Maymyo (its former name) was their favourite place to leave the heat of Mandalay for a while. The officers that missed their homeland found in Maymyo "the most similar place to England" in the stifling Burma.

Today the name of this town is Pyin Oo Lwin. In 1989 the Regime decided to rebaptize cities, villages and streets. Militaries said that it was necessary “to get rid of old colonial labels” but the real motivations were stronger than the official version: they were rewriting the country’s history. When a place gets a new name, the old name disappears from the maps and, after some time, also from the men’s memory. Doing like this, Burma disappeared as a country and now there is a new country called Myanmar.

I went to Pyin Oo Lwin looking for some “history” because it has beautiful colonial architecture with a good number of superb old British mansions. For nature lovers, Pyin Oo Lwin has also something to say offering nice walks and hikes.

Don't miss this smiling town, a different view of Myanmar.

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