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 What to See?

  Monywa is a trade town, situated on the eastern bank of Chindwin River, 136 km west of Mandalay. It takes about 3 hours from Mandalay by car.

What to see?
About 20 km south of Monywa is a large pagoda complex. The site contains Aung Sakkya Pagoda a huge Buddha dominating the skyline for miles, Thambuddhe Pagoda which houses nearly six hundred thousand Buddha's, the world's largest reclining Buddha and Bodhi Tahtaung.

The Thambuddhe Pagoda was started to build by revered monk on 20th June 1939 and completed on 2nd March 1952 and that is a vast array of Buddha's. There is meant to be over half a million Buddha's in there at the last count. It is the cavernous place with lots of huge Buddha statues but also throughout the whole temple hundreds of shelves where hundreds of small Buddha's line every shelf.

There is a huge sitting Buddha called Bodhi Tahtaung with a whole army of six foot sitting Buddha's facing towards him across the fields. Budhi Tahtaung means 1000 Bodhi Trees as a lot of the Buddha's have Bodhi trees planted next to them for shade.

Pho Win Caves
It is reachable about 40 minutes drive after acrossing the Chindwin River, 25 km from Monywa.

The Pho Win caves are claimed to have been occupied since the dawn of human civilisation in Myanmar (Burma). They are similar in style to the Allora caves in India in the fact that they are carved out of the side of a huge rock in the hill so everything is one whole piece rather than individual statues placed within the caves. By themselves they were remarkable that they have all been carved over hundreds of years and one can see the mural paintings on the walls which are considered by the archaeologists to be the most richest collections of mural painting in South-east Asia. It is a cool place to wander around. Also apart from the hundreds of monkeys the place was virtually empty.



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