The most interesting places are MAHAMUNI PAGODA, famous for its life like Buddha image; colorful ZEGYO MARKET, KU THO DAW PAGODA, known as the world’s biggest book; SHWE NAN DAW MONASTERY(Golden Monastery), famous for its wood carving; & KYAUK TAW GYI PAGODA, with a huge image of Buddha carved out of a single marble boulder. Mandalay Hill is also worth visiting for enjoying sunset.
Throughout history, it was sacked and rebuilt numerous times. The capital city was finally abandoned after it was completely destroyed by a series of major earthquakes in March 1839. Though only a few traces of its former grandeur remain today, the former capital is a popular day-trip tourist destination from Mandalay.
Another attraction is the PHO WIN TAUNG cave complex. It is located across the Chindwin River, approximately 25 kilometres (16 mile) west of Monywa. There are more than 450,000 sandstone Buddha’s were carved in the hillsides in caves, alcoves, or tiny niches.