Shwezigon Paya

Myanmar (Burma)

Monywa's most impressive temple is a gilded work one block west of the clock tower in the centre of town.

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1. Clock Tower

0.12 MILES

This handy traffic circle and landmark is a useful reference point for navigating the city.

3. Su Taung Pye Zedi

0.36 MILES

If you have time to kill in Monywa, it's worth taking a stroll around this eye-catching pagoda, a 15-minute walk southwest of the clock tower.

4. Thanboddhay Paya

6.27 MILES

This colourful, modern temple is famed for its staggering number of buddha images as well as its carnivalesque exterior, with a unique roof layered with…

5. Shwe Ba Taung

10.29 MILES

Some 650m beyond the restaurants and souvenir stands of Hpo Win 'village' lies Shwe Ba Taung, a smaller, contrastingly different set of 46 cave chambers…

6. Hpo Win Daung Complex

10.43 MILES

One of Monywa's biggest attractions, this rural complex of 492 buddha chambers was carved into a limestone hillside between the 14th and 18th centuries…

7. Maha Bodhi Tataung

10.51 MILES

If you're a fan of garden gnomes, you're going to love this place! The name of this vast hillside buddha-rama translates as '1000 buddhas'. In reality…

8. British-era House

12.98 MILES

A minor attraction in A Myint is the British-era house of the former village chief. It's private and still owned by the original family, who might show…