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Top Choice Burmese in Pathein

Shwe Ayar

It doesn't look like much but this place offers high-quality biryani, which you can supplement with chicken or mutton. The lentil and bean soup is so delicious you'll want a second helping. It also does tasty curry …
Buddhist Stupa in Pathein

Shwemokhtaw Paya

Looming with grace over Pathein is the golden bell of the Shwemokhtaw Paya.The hti (stupa pinnacle) consists of a topmost layer made from 14lb of solid gold, a middle tier of pure silver and a bottom tier of bronze;…
Buddhist Stupa in Pathein

Tagaung Mingala Zeditaw

Interesting from an artistic perspective, this pagoda is centred on a graceful stupa that sweeps inward from a wide, whitewashed base to a gleaming silver superstructure. It's about 2 miles south of the city centre.…
Workshop in Pathein

Shwe Sar Umbrella Workshop

Sun shades are made in workshops scattered across the northern part of the city, particularly around the Twenty-Eight Paya, off Mahabandoola Rd. It’s fun to wander the area, sticking your head into a workshop here a…
Arts & Crafts in Pathein

Shwe Sar Umbrella Workshop

Parasols are made in workshops scattered across the northern part of Pathein, particularly around the Twenty-Eight Paya, off Mahabandoola Rd. This family-run workshop is particularly welcoming and they'll show you h…
Religious in Pathein

Vesakha

The people of Pathein celebrate the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing away with a huge paya pwe (pagoda festival) during the full moon of Myanmar's month of Kason. The festival is held at the Shwemokhtaw Pay…
Buddhist Temple in Pathein

Settayaw Paya

This charming paya, spread across a hilly green setting, is dedicated to a mythical Buddha footprint left by the Enlightened One during his legendary perambulations through Southeast Asia. The footprint symbol itse…
Chinese in Pathein

Top Star

The best of the beer stations and restaurants along the riverfront, Top Star's menu includes a few Thai and Japanese-inspired dishes, and the standard Chinese-Burmese ones. The big windows offer river views and it's…
Teahouse in Pathein

Man San Thu

You can't miss this bustling place, spread over two floors and with a bright orange facade. Inside, there's a small English menu of noodle and rice dishes, plus all the usual teahouse snacks. It has free and functio…
Church in Pathein

St Peter's Cathedral

The focal point of a Catholic educational compound is this 1872-vintage cathedral distinctively plastered emerald green. If you're not here for daily Mass at 6am (also 4pm on Sunday), the priest will happily let you…