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Shwe Muay Wan Pagoda

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Myawaddy’s principal in-town temple Shwe Muay Wan is a moderately large complex.

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It follows the classic Burmese design of a large, gold-clad central stupa surrounded by subsidiary shrines and halls. It’s attractive enough – particularly if you’re just arriving from Thailand and this is your first Burmese-style temple – though of particular interest is a very unusual -- possibly even unique -- seated woven rattan Buddha image.

It stands around two metres tall, so it’s much larger for example than Mawlamyine’s bamboo Buddha. It’s housed in one of said subsidiary shrines while the temple’s most important image - another seated Buddha – is a replica of the one in Mandalay’s Mahamuni. Locals claim the temple is more than 1,000 years old. Shwe Muay Wan sees very few foreign visitors so you will be something of a novelty as you walk around. The temple grounds are definitely worth a wander but bear in mind, as with many such temples, the tiled floor can get burning hot during the middle of the day, so early or late are your best times to visit. Remember that Buddhist etiquette calls for no shoes or socks in any area of the temple complex.

Be warned that the temple is known under various names. It is easily visited on foot from either the bridge or any downtown accommodation.


Shwe Muay Wan Pagoda
Bayintnaung St, almost opposite the Myawaddy Hotel, Myawaddy

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