Monywa is known as a centre for poets, often described as the poetic centre of the north of Myanmar.

Because of the plenty of neem trees found in the town, Monywa is called Neem City. The name translates to Miss Pancake town, the legend being that the prince met a woman here who fried pancakes. Here married her, and the city got its name Monywa.

Monywa is a prominent industrial town due to the presence of many small and large scale industries surrounding the outskirts. The city is also an important port for sea trade and famous fishing centre.

When come here, you can visit some places such as:

Thanboddhay Paya

Thanboddhay Paya is a Buddhist pagoda located in the city of Monywa in Myanmar. It is one of the worth visiting attractions for tourists visiting Monywa, which houses hundreds of images of seated Buddha enshrined, surrounded by mirrors. It is a large temple known for its stylish architecture consisting of tiered roofs including gilded stupas which are adorned with golden and red tiles.

Shwezigon Paya

Shwezigon Paya is a Buddhist temple located close to the clock tower in the city centre of Monywa in Myanmar. It is a small ancient temple known for impressive gilded work on the exteriors. The pagoda consists of an image of a seated Buddha and also many murals depicting Jataka tales. Shwezigon is worth visiting for tourists exploring Monywa.

Pho Win Hill

Pho Win Hill is located on the banks of Chindwin river in the city of Monywa in Myanmar and is known for the beautiful limestone caves from the 14th and 18th centuries. It is one of the recommended attractions for tourists visiting Monywa, to explore more than 900 caves. These caves consist of intricately carved sculptures, hundreds of images of Buddha and extensively detailed paintings depicting Jataka tales.

Shwe Ba Taung

Shwe Ba Taung is a cave home to a Buddhist shrine located in the village of Hpo Win close to Monywa in Myanmar. It consists of a group of 46 caves, situated at the edge of a hill, which can be accessed by hiking to the top. These ancient caves contain hundreds of images of Buddha and remains of paintings on the wall, which are from the 13th century.

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