Nyaungshwe attractions

Buddhist Temple in Nyaungshwe

Yadana Man Aung Paya

The oldest and most important Buddhist shrine in Nyaungshwe, this handsome gilded stupa is hidden away inside a square compound south of Mingala Market. The stepped stupa is unique in Myanmar, and the surrounding pa…
Buddhist Temple in Nyaungshwe

Yan Aung Nan Aung Hsu Taung Pye Paya

In the village of Nanthe, this Buddhist temple complex features a 26ft-high sitting buddha surrounded by stucco deva (celestial beings) and chinthe (half-lion, half-dragon guardians). Although heavily restored, the …
Buddhist Temple in Nyaungshwe

Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung

This is probably the most photographed monastery in Nyaungshwe: the unique oval windows in the ancient teak thein (ordination hall) create a perfect frame for portraits of the novices. The monastery is 1½ miles nort…
Museum in Nyaungshwe

Cultural Museum

This equal parts imposing and melancholy structure is the former haw (palace) of the last saopha (sky prince) of Nyaungshwe, Sao Shwe Thaike, who also served as the first president of independent Burma. Today the mo…
Monument in Nyaungshwe

Independence Monument

The independence monument – a white obelisk – is tucked away at one end of a sports field. Next to it is a gold statue of Sao Shwe Thaike, the last saopha (sky prince) of Nyaungshwe and the first president of indepe…
Market in Nyaungshwe

Mingala Market

At the entrance to town, this busy market is packed with locals every morning, when traders from the lake bring in fresh fish and produce from the floating gardens. The market doubles in size when it hosts the five-…
Winery in Nyaungshwe

Red Mountain Estate

This winery, located in a valley within cycling distance of Nyaungshwe, is open daily for tastings (K5000 for four wines). For many visitors, the cycle ride here and the beautiful views from the winery are better th…