Shwe Wetluu Paya

Myanmar (Burma)

Escape the crowds by venturing across to the west bank of the Pathein River and strolling through the village to find this attractive pagoda complex with a small golden zedi, a hall of standing buddhas and other colourfully painted statuary. Look out for the small shrine sheltering a gilded pig.

The foot-passenger ferry here leaves from near the Chinese Temple on Strand Rd, just south of The First Hotel.

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