Monywa is a typical, bustling up- country ,engaging trade town .
one can take a ride up the Chindwin river the biggest tributrary of the Ayeyawady river,or across it to travel furthernwest and into Chin state.
135km from Mandalay .
It was built around 1940 and has 582,357 buddha images of all sizes.
the main stupa is surrounded by 845 small ones, all of them richly decorated in glass, guit,relief work and a myrid of colours.
424 feet (130m)standing Buddha was opened in 2008 .
Powintaung and Shwe Ba Taung Pagoda Complexs.
can be reached by taking a ferry boat across the river from Monywa and hire a car for the rest of journey , or by taking a motorcycle all the way from town and crossing the Chindwin bridge several kilometers to the north about 15 kilometers.
About 40 km across the Chindwin.
There are narrow gallaries up 21m long and varing in height from 3 m to 7.6 m .
492 Buddha chambers was curved into a lime stone hillside between the 14th and 18th centuries.
The images,alters and decorative motifs inside the caves were all carved out of living rock.
16th century wall paintings in some values.