Myanmar (Burma)

About 17 miles northeast of Pakokku, on the way to Monywa, are the remains of Pakhangyi, a 19th-century wooden monastery. There isn't a lot to see here, but there are some finely carved wooden doors, and the soaring 65ft teak columns are rather impressive. Admission also gets you access to the Pakhangyi Archaeological Museum, half a mile up the road.

Elsewhere around the town are various scattered, half-collapsed stupas and remnants of other ancient monuments. They're all in a bad state of neglect, but it's a fun way to make your own discoveries.

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1. Pakhangyi Archaeological Museum

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Half a mile north of Pakhangyi on the main road is this small provincial museum, which has a medley of 19th-century wooden carvings, 11th-century buddhas…

2. Pakhanngeh Kyaung

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About 3 miles east of Pakhangyi (take the turn-off just opposite the turn-off to Pakhangyi) is the destroyed frame of Pakhanngeh Kyaung, once the country…

3. Shwe Ku Pagoda

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4. Thiho Shin Pagoda

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Pakokku's mains Buddhist temple couldn't be any different to the often staid and zestless temple ruins of Bagan. Built by King Alaungsithu some 800 years…

5. Ancient Stupas

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A Myint is a charmingly unspoiled riverside village dominated by a series of 336 higgledy-piggledy ancient stupas in varying stages of collapse. All are…

6. British-era House

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