"Unbelievable: 500,000 Buddha images in only one pagoda . . ."

Monywa, 150km west of Mandalay, is the ideal starting point for exploring the nearby attractions:

  • Lacquerware village Kyaukka and its Shweguni Pagoda's wish fulfilling Buddha,
  • Hpo Win Daung & Shwe Ba Taung caves with their carvings, mural paintings and hundreds of Buddha statues,
  • Bodhi Tataung Laykyun Sekkya standing Buddha statue. With its 116 meters, it is the second highest Buddha statue in the world, and
  • the nearby Thanboddhay Pagoda, with over 500,000 (yes! - 500,000) Buddha images inside.