Photo: Myawaddy's temples are worth a look.

Temple tour

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For a small town, Myawaddy has a fair collection of noteworthy temples, so if you have an hour or two up your sleeve it’s well worth grabbing a taxi of some form and checking them out.

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If you’re not in a hurry, it makes for a good walk too through pleasant residential areas that are a contrast to the bustle of Myawaddy’s main drag.

Other than Shwe Muay Wan on the main street, the undulating network of residential streets to the south of the town centre is home to the interesting temples of Myikyaungon, Te Ta On and Phra Mon Yoeun. Due to the various names these temples can go by, to keep it simple we’ll refer to them as the Standing Buddha, Crocodile and Viewpoint temples for simplicity’s sake.

Start at the Myawaddy Hotel. Coming out of the hotel, turn left and take the first road on the left. From here, take the second street on the right and you’ll find Myikyaungon or the Crocodile Temple. This spacious temple’s claim to fame is a library building standing on a 65-metre open-mouthed crocodile base. A pool in the centre of the complex has the turquoise painted, concrete crocodile in the centre and the golden, elaborately roofed library stands atop the reptile’s body. You won’t see one of these every day!

Returning to the crossroads where you turned right, head right again and continuing south a short way before the second right turning again takes you to Ta Te On or Viewpoint Pagoda. This is on the summit of a low rise, so it ought to be visible from a way off. It’s a simple pagoda with a golden chedi surrounded by shrines, nat houses and some small gardens, but it also offers extensive views of the surrounds. You can see right across town to Thailand beyond, plus the hills north and south of Myawaddy. It’s definitely worth a look, and once you’ve admired the view you can admire the concrete giraffe statues in the small garden under the huge old boddhi tree.

Exit the pagoda by the same entrance – past the pink lions with golden heads – and turn left. The second right along this street should take you to Phra Mon Yoeun with its giant standing Mon-style Buddha. The image is some 20 metres tall and is painted – as you may have guessed – gold.

Exiting this temple again by the same entrance and turning left will lead you back on to Bayintnaung Road a short walk from your starting point.

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