Top things to do in Monywa

Buddhist Temple in Monywa

Thanboddhay Paya

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 rows of gilt ministupas. Its flanks burst gaudily bright colou…
Chinese in Monywa

Pleasant Island

Monywa’s finest restaurant occupies a tiny lake island across upper Bogyoke Rd from the Win Unity hotel. It’s a photogenic spot at sunset, linked to the shore by a rickety wooden bridge. Tasty Chinese, Malay and Tha…
Buddhist Monument in Monywa

Bodhi Tataung

The name of this vast hillside buddha-rama, Bodhi Tataung, translates as '1000 Buddhas'. However, for most visitors, only two of them really count. Opened in 2008, the glimmering 424ft standing Buddha is the second …
Buddhist Site in Monywa

Hpo Win Daung Complex

Monywa's biggest draw for culture vultures, this rural complex of 492 buddha chambers was carved into a limestone hillside between the 14th and 18th centuries. None of the 'caves' are more than a few yards deep, and…
Buddhist Site in Monywa


The large Payagyi stupa and its oversized chinthe (half-lion/half-dragon deity) face an abrupt twin-peaked hill, topped with a stupa and castle-like rocky outcrop, and said to have an indelible footprint of Bagan-er…
Buddhist Site in Monywa

Shwe Ba Taung

Some 2000ft beyond the restaurants and souvenir stands of Hpo Win 'village' lies Shwe Ba Taung, a smaller, contrastingly different set of 46 cave chambers accessed from pathways cut around 25ft vertically down into …
Chinese in Monywa

Las Vegas

Located about 600m north of the bridge over the lake on the main road, Las Vegas is an open-sided tropical-themed eatery serving a fine mix of Chinese and Thai dishes (including a good mixed-vegetable dish with bean…
Street Food in Monywa

Night Market

Various cheap eats are served up nightly between the clock tower and Bogyoke (Aung San) statue. Locals flock here to grab takeaway or chow down while sitting on plastic stools, making it a good place for people-watc…
Bakery in Monywa


This pleasant, air-conditioned cafe and bakery serves coffees, iced green tea and other drinks as well as an extensive food menu of curries, sandwiches, cakes and pastries.
Buddhist Temple in Monywa

Shwezigon Paya

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