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Why Pho Win Daung Temple Complex is special ?
After a short ride from Monywa southwestwards one crosses the Chindwin
River by boat. From there, after passing the S&K copper-mine, a drive of about 45 minutes leads up to a small village in the Hpo Win Hills, where the caves are situated. The caves contain Buddhist statues,
wood carvings and murals dating to the 17th and 18th centuries
Crowning the top of Powin hill are a complex of 3 temples curved out of volcanic rocks. One looks like a cathedral curved out of rock, while the other two are cave temples housing Buddha images in seated and reclining positions as well as wood-carvings and murals
- The Mountain of the Myth
- Between Mandalay and Bagan
- The caves of Buddhas are really special
- Another bunch of caves
- Worth the drive for the landscape
Village Minzu, Monywa, Myanmar
Tips for you
Very interesting, isolated ancient Buddha caves that will make you feel like an explorer first discovering this site. It is quite a drive from Mandalay (about 4-5 hours) and the area requires a bit of walking ad light hiking but if you enjoy visiting ancient sites like these, the journey will be worth your time and effort.