Shwebon Yadana

Northern Myanmar

The city’s most striking buildings are a pair of towering gold-painted wooden throne rooms, nine tiers high, once part of King Alaungpaya’s 1753 palace. What you see today, though, are reconstructed, empty structures and the exhibits formerly on display are now in the National Museum in Nay Pyi Taw. Come here to pick up a ticket for Hanlin Archaeological Zone.

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1. Chanthaya Paya

0.31 MILES

Just across the road from the rather more dramatic Shwe Daza Paya, the dilapidated Chanthaya Paya is another Buddhist temple.

2. Shwe Daza Paya

0.32 MILES

As you approach from the south, central Shwebo’s skyline is given an alluring dazzle by a collection of golden pagoda spires. These cluster around the…

3. Old City Moat

1.64 MILES

During its 18th-century heyday, Shwebo's palace was at the heart of an enormous walled city. The walls are now almost entirely gone, but some parts of the…

4. Hanlin Archaeological Zone

10.27 MILES

The 32 excavation sites here date back to the Pyu era (4th to 9th centuries AD). The sites rise above Hanlin village and survey the plains for a…

5. Nondo Zedi

16.3 MILES

The attractive triple-stupa, Nondo Zedi, is Kyaukmyaung's main Buddhist monument.

6. Pottery Workshops

17.24 MILES

The pottery district stretches a mile south of town beyond the Ayeyarwady bridge site. A block or two inland, several ‘factories’ are housed in bamboo…