Thanboddhay Paya

Thanboddhay Paya, located about 10km southeast of Monywa, is one of the new temples in Monywa (a town near Mandalay), that impresses visitors with its colorful display.

Thanbodhay Paya, also known as Mohnyin Thambuddhei, is located about 20 km from the center of Monywa, built by Monyin monk in 1939 and completed in 1952 on the foundation of an ancient temple from the 14th century. This is the only unique square pagoda in Burma, along the square floors are 846 colorful small stupas that are delicately carved surrounded a 40 m high pure gold stupa imitating the image of the sacred mountain Meru. It is said that there are over 500,000 Buddha images in Thanboddhay Paya with many different sizes, shapes and colors displayed in Thanboddhay Paya, giving this place a magical, sacred beauty.


Thanboddhay Paya is on the same route to Bodhi Tataung, which is almost half the way to Bohi Tataung, so you can combine your trip to these sites. Tourists can go to Monywa from Mandalay or Bagan, then take a car or motorbike to visit Thanboddhay Paya.

You can aslo visit this place all year round however, the best time to visit Monywa is in the dry season from November to April next year.

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