Top things to do in Salay

Buddhist Monastery in Salay

Youqson Kyaung

Designed as a copy of the Crown Prince House in Mandalay, and built in 1882–92, the huge wooden monastery is one of Salay's not-to-be-missed sights. Along two of its exterior sides are detailed original carvings dis…
Buddhist Temple in Salay

Shinpinsarkyo Paya

About 4 miles southwest of town, you'll find the Bagan-era (but renovated over the years) Shinpinsarkyo Paya (Temple 88), which is full of original woodcarvings, some painted afresh in original design. The highlight…
Buddhist Temple in Salay

Paya Thonzu

In the pagoda-filled area just east of Youqson Kyaung lies Paya Thonzu, a small trio of brick shrines with sikhara (Indian-style corn-cob-like temple finials) and some faded murals inside. The westernmost shrine (to…
Buddhist Monastery in Salay

Sasanayaunggyi Kyaung

The monastery and meditation centre Sasanayaunggyi Kyaung, 0.3 miles north of Paya Thonzu, is a stop-off point for day trippers. It features a lovely 19th-century glass armoire with painted Jataka panels and 400-yea…
Buddhist Site in Salay

Omwara Paya

Around 1 mile south of Shinpinsarkyo – some taxis won’t drive it, but it’s an easy 20-minute walk – is the so-called Temple 99, an unassuming 13th-century shrine that features 578 painted Jataka scenes inside. The l…
Buddhist Temple in Salay

Mann Paya

In the complex about 500yd west of the Paya Thonzu, the Mann Paya is a modern pagoda housing a 20ft gold buddha made of straw lacquer. As the story goes, the buddha image was originally located near Monywa and was w…