After breakfast in Mandalay, drive to Monywa (about 3 hours, 135 km northwest of Mandalay and situated on the Chindwin River). En-route visit the very colorful THANBUDDHAY Pagoda, a huge Buddhist temple covered with more than 500,000 Buddha images and next visit BODHITATAUNG (1000 Banyan trees) Pagoda and a huge reclining Buddha statue, completed only in 1995, crowns the low hill behind the temple.
Afterwards, visit the Kyaukka lacquer ware village; it is 12 miles from Monywa just beyond the Shweguni Pagoda. It is a big village and well known for the crafting of black lacquer ware called Kyaukka ware. Finally, visit Kyaukka Shweguni Pagoda, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Upper Myanmar.
Overnight in Monywa.
After breakfast at Hotel, transfer to the jetty and cross the Chindwin River by ferry and proceed by open jeep to visit the sandstone and ancient cave temples of the Poe Win Taung and Shwe Ba Taung.
The name ‘Po Win’ is believed to have been evolved from a term meaning ‘the powerful state of an ascetic’s mind’, and that once those seeking supernatural powers had meditated there. The Po Win Hills are not too high and are black with age while the Shwe Ba Taung temples are set along higher cliffs but here, the caves are more shallow and without wall paintings.
The two complexes are made up of a total number of 790 caves. In 7th century Srikhetera or 11th century Bagan temples are called ‘gu’ pagodas, or ‘caves” and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in Southeast Asia. And then, return to Mandalay. Overnight in Mandalay.
Mr Miroslaw (5th MAR 19)
MR. PAUL METCALFE (14 JAN 18 – 25 JAN 18)
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