Demawso is a few minutes’ drives from Loikaw in Kayah State. It is abundant in natural beauty scenes and legendary interesting religious buildings.
Demoso or Demawhso
The town named Demawhso in 1962 was known as the street to Nawngpale before 1952. Local people in the town have been living in unison with faith in various religions. Not only Roman Catholic churches but also Buddhist stupas and temples mushroom in the town in addition to beautiful scenes of mountain ranges, waterfalls, springs, and caves.
Cold and wet weather helps create a good lifestyle for the people. Among many towns having hotness in climatic conditions, Demawhso always enjoys chilling in Kayah State.
How to pay a visit to Demawhso
Travelers can go to Demawhso from Loikaw by car or motorcycle. It is a 40 minutes drive to Demawhso from Loikaw. However, many traveling sites scattered around the town and nearby villages. They have to take adequate time for the visits.
Destinations around Demawhso
Demawhso possesses the largest number of travel sites in Kayah State. These attractive moves such as natural beauties, the lifestyle of locals, foodstuffs and religious edifices are interesting ones.
Ngwetaung Dam is one of the significant sites which should be visited in Demawhso. The embankment of the dam catches the attention of visitors. View desks on the embankment have been arranged for travelers to enjoy natural beauties. A car park and toilets are under construction to give services to the visitors. A vast green grass lawn is a good scene for taking photos. Travelers can view traditional costumes such as bronze rings at necks of female Padaung vendors. A feeder creek of Ngwetaung Creek was blocked as earthen Ngwetaung Dam on which local people and farmers rely on agriculture and drinking.
Htipwint Lake, Thitsa Lake
The water surface of the lake seemed like a mouth of old volcano spews out the sand in the shape of umbrellas. So, local people name such a move as the opening of umbrellas (Htipwint). The lake is 227 feet long and 115 feet wide. In the legendary stories, sisters of Dwe Mei Naw played in the lake. Another lake close to the umbrella lake is named Thitsa Lake. The well of God is located there. Thitsa Lake is famous as a spring that never dries up. Spirit chambers are displayed around the area.
Seven series of lakes
The lake has been fenced, with facilities of placing roads, construction of recreation centers and traditional houses as temporary accommodation. A legendary story mentioned Prince Thudanu was in love with Dwe Mei Naw who took a bath in the lake at the foot of Ngwetaung Hill daily together with her six sisters. These lakes are located naturally at different levels in series starting from the foot of the hill.
The Demawhso market on the market day held once three days. The market was crowded with visitors even in the afternoon although it was not a market day. It was because local people and travelers tasted delicious barbeque and fried meats. Roasted beef or pork, fried meals, and Kayah sausages are good cuisines with Kayah traditional brews. On the market day, local female Padaung vendors arrived at the market to sell goods and some persons traded small and large containers of traditional brews.
The spring at Nanmeikhon in Demawhso is attractive to travelers. Water in the spring is very clean and blue. Water is not too deep. Some locals take a bath at the spring whereas picnickers take a rest in the spring on Saturdays and Sundays when some local students sell traditional brews and foodstuffs for earning incomes. Up to now, the spring is naturally beautifying because it is a specific recreation area without maintainers. However, the road to the spring is just a lane for one vehicle. So, it is difficult to dodge two cars in opposite ways.
The spring is flanked by a Roman Catholic Church and a swimming pool. The spring originates from the underground river of the Htiparunu Tunnel. The statues of Roman Catholic Christians are kept in a cave. Travelers can pay a visit to the spring in Koingan Village of Saungsula Village-tract, along the road from the junction of Nawngpale Village.
Cave for Our Lady of Lourdes
Travelers strolling along the street to Koingan spring will first see the Cave for Our Lady of Lourdes. It is a holly site for Roman Catholic Christians, whose church is located at the foot of the hill. Religious ceremonies take place on the hill.
Travelers pay a visit to Panpet Village where Kayan (Padaung) ethnic people reside. Entrance to the village is crowded with shops for selling various items of domestic products, souvenirs, and traditional ornaments. Visitors will have chances to observe weaving works of Kayan ethnic people (especially women) and placing of bronze rings at necks. Travelers can take photos wearing Kayan costumes. They can pose for documentary photos together with Kayah belles.
The pagoda is dubbed as Shwekyettaung Pagoda by some people. Silver pagodas on the hill can be seen from a far distance. Ladders are arranged for pilgrims to the pagodas on the hill. It is an area of sanctuary for jungle fowls. Significantly, the pagoda and encircled pagodas were decorated with silver paint. From the terrace of the highest pagoda, travelers can enjoy beautiful scenes.
It is the highest hill not only in Demawhso but also in Kayah State, at an altitude of 5,010 feet. Despite difficulties to climb up, nature lovers and explorers scale the hill. Travelers should take time to climb Loinanpha Hill which is one of the attractive sites in Demawhso. Hsinbyu Hill I think Hsinbyu Hill is involved in the area of Pruhso Township but some say it is in Demawhso Township. The entrance fee for the car is collected in some areas. Travelers spent the night in tents on the hill but such a move was not allowed later due to requests of village authorities. Now, accommodation is arranged for travelers in the valley. Travelers can enjoy the best views of sunset and sunrise, taking a position on the hill. Travelers must take a long time to the hill but the most beautiful panoramic view may be compensated for their precious time.