Mahamyatmuni Paya


South of the central area, Mahamyatmuni Paya is the biggest and grandest pagoda in the main town. The large brass-faced buddha image here was inspired by the famous Mahamuni Buddha in Mandalay. He’s now backed by an acid-trip halo of pulsating coloured lights that would be better suited to a casino.

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1. Clock Tower

0.36 MILES

Looking a little like the clock tower in Pyin Oo Lwin, this is an underwhelming landmark in the centre of town.

2. Produce Market

0.55 MILES

Most interesting before dawn, when the road outside is jammed with hill villagers selling their wares; all will have cleared away by 7am, although the…

3. Central Market

0.58 MILES

The main market in town is a busy affair in the morning when locals come to shop for produce. By the afternoon, it is usually pretty sleepy.

4. Godowns

0.59 MILES

These four column-fronted 19th-century godowns (warehouses) are located between the riverfront and Central Market.

5. Central Pagoda

0.59 MILES

The principal Buddhist temple in the heart of Hsipaw has a shimmering golden stupa visible from several blocks away.

7. Sunset Hill

1.08 MILES

For sweeping views across the river and Hsipaw, climb to Thein Daung Pagoda, also known as Nine Buddha Hill or, most often, Sunset Hill. It’s part of a…

8. Hsipaw Palace

1.15 MILES

Built in 1924, the fading Hsipaw Palace is an English-style mansion set in run-down grounds. But if the building is infused with a melancholic air, the…