Episode 051: Sao Sarm Hpong ‘Fern’ | Royal family guardian of the Shan Palace, Hsipaw

Sao Sarm Hpong ‘Fern’ is a royal family guardian of the Shan Palace in Hsipaw. Together with her husband Sao Oo Kya ‘Donald’, she hosts tourists for limited hours most evenings, to share about the former princely Shan states and more.


Shan Palace is the last vestige of the last living prince of Hsipaw. Drop by for a guided tour that showcases a significant piece of Myanmar history, and do your bit in preserving its heritage.

Inge Sargent (Eberhard) is the wife of prince Sao Kya Seng, and Madadevi of Hsipaw. Their tragic story is immortalized in her book Twilight Over Burma: My Life as a Shan Princess. It also made it to film in Twilight Over Burma directed by Sabine Derflinger.


Also mentioned in the episode:
Aung San Suu Kyi
British rule in Burma
Colorado School of Mines
Ethnic groups of Myanmar
Fullbright Scholarship
Mr Charles Hotel
Oxford University
Taunggyi
Twilight Over Burma
Twilight Over Burma: My Life as a Shan Princess
World War II

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Music by Nordgroove from Fugue

Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library
A Whisper by Ann Annie

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