Monywa

Going to Mandalay or Bagan? Then you need to take a small detour into the lovely Monywa. Colorful pagodas and temples, history-filled gems, hidden caves and spectacular Buddha statues await you. Myanmar really is a country that keeps amaze you and is full of surprises such as Monywa and its surroundings. Once more, we are taking you to the past on a visit of a charming and still not touristy place.

Monywa: the green escape

Have some quality time visiting this traditional city kept off the beaten paths until today. On your way to the city, you discover beautiful and changing landscapes that plunge you into this rural area. In fact the region mostly live from agriculture as they have been making cotton, flour, noodles or cooking oils. The contrast with more modern cities such as Yangon or Bagan is pleasant and you discover another facet of Myanmar.

Monywa’s wonders

You first head to the main attraction of Monywa, the unique Thanboddhay Pagoda. What a colorful and surprising religious building! It is definitely different from all temples you have visited in other cities. Surrounded by 37 acres of land belonging to the Mohnyin Forest Monastery, the Thanboddhay Pagoda is such a perfect scenic photo stop. You wonder around the pagoda and enjoy this unusual sample of modern Buddhist art. What a pleasant and relaxing visit to immerse into Myanmar culture and heritage. In addition, if you liked this pagoda, another Monywa jewel will amaze you: the spectacular 95 meter-long Bodhi Tataung. The reclining Buddha is impressive as it can be seen from very far and completely dominate the skyline as a giant.

Myanmar amazing caves

After sightseeing those Buddhism treasures, you may want to take some fresh air and head to discover the Monywa hidden places. Then, the Po Win Daung Caves will probably be on your top list attractions in Myanmar. Crossing the Chindwin River by boat, you quickly reach this enigmatic place made of more than 900 sandstone caves. You now enter an extraordinary maze of caves and just need to enjoy this so uncommon place. The hundreds of Buddha mixed with very well conserved murals dating back to the 14th century are such a surprise! It feels good to leave pagodas and temples for a moment and immerse yourself into this unique archaeological jewel.

The hidden old city village

Want to see even more remote and untouched places? Then the A-Myint village will make your journey to Monywa a lifetime memory. This is such a charming place that you could never forget. You enjoy all aspects of the local life: temple ruins, wooden huts, historic stupas, delicious Burmese dishes and above all its people. As you probably heard, Myanmar people are among the most welcoming people in the world and are always happy to meet you. This is why Myanmar is a country that not only you need to visit but also to experience, taking the time to feel how life goes in the Golden country of South East Asia.

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • The Thanboddhay Pagoda
  • The spectacular 95 meter-long Bodhi Tataung
  • The stunning Po Win Daung Caves
  • The wooden huts village of A Myint

BEST SEASON TO VISIT :

  • From October to March

Monywa

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