Inwa attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Inwa

Bagaya Kyaung

This lovely 1834 teak monastery is Inwa’s most memorable individual attraction. It's supported on 267 teak posts, the largest 60ft high and 9ft in circumference, creating a cool and dark prayer hall that feels genui…
Monastery in Inwa

Maha Aungmye Bonzan

Built, unusually, of stucco-covered brick, this 1822 royal monastery temple is a rare survivor from the Ava era. The faded, sturdy structure looks very attractive in cleverly taken photographs, but in the harsh midd…
Buddhist Pagoda in Inwa

Daw Gyan

Within the green patchwork of paddies that forms a quilt over Inwa, a small temple perches on a tiny artificial island. This is Daw Gyan, a collection of several rust-red brick stupas arranged under enormous shade t…
Ruins in Inwa

Le-htat-gyi Paya

The once huge Le-htat-gyi Paya resembles a smaller version of Mingun Paya. It has been dangerously fissured by earthquakes but retains a fair amount of stucco detail (much of it sadly covered by graffiti). You shoul…
Buddhist Site in Inwa

Shwezigon Paya

This golden stupa rises photogenically above the overgrown southwestern corner of Inwa's city walls. The best view is from across the moat, especially in September, when the water level is high. The main access is f…
Ruins in Inwa

Sinkyone Fortress

This is one of outer Mandalay's trio of 19th-century fortresses that failed to prevent the British conquest in 1885. Two canons and the moated square bastions are all that remain, but the view back to Sagaing is att…
Buddhist Monastery in Inwa

Shwe Myauk Taung

A trio of whitewashed stupas perched on the southern city wall mark this eight-monk mini-monastery. It has its own little shortcut path–causeway across the moat and down the steps from the stupas.
Ruins in Inwa

Yedanasimi Paya

This small but photogenic ensemble brings together three sitting buddhas and a handful of old brick stupas shaded by a giant flame tree.
Museum in Inwa

Inwa Archaeological Museum

This airy two-hall museum is mostly full of 19th-century marble buddha statues with their gold leaf rubbed off. More interesting is the giant 18th-century Buddha 'footprint' and a few black-and-white photos of Ava B…
Tower in Inwa


All that remains of King Bagyidaw’s palace complex is this 90ft ‘leaning tower of Inwa’, shattered but patched up and still standing after the 1838 earthquake. The watchtower is neither beautiful nor especially high…