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Innwa, Amarapura

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Innwa periodically served as the capital of the Ava Kingdom that ruled upper Burma between 1365 and 1842. Notable onsite attractions include a royal monastery with elaborate stucco work, a leaning watch tower, and a teak monastery. At the royal monastery, notice some unfinished frescoes--the result of an incomplete renovation project. Make Innwa a centerpiece of your Amarapura vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Amarapura vacation planner.
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  • 10,000 kyat pp. Mandalay & environs archaeology ticket is valid for 5 days and for 5 sites including Mandalay Hill, the Royal Palace, Inwa, U Bein Bridge and a few other places. Totally worth it. Visi...  more »
  • we caught a boat (ferry) across to Inwa which I gather is an island. On the boat were a few locals and this made the short trip interesting. When the boat arrived at the shore we were met by a huge nu...  more »
  • What a great ride! incredible... a few words: Ava or Inwa is an enndroit to do. We reached this place by boat from Sagaing. A few minutes on these boats motor making permanent round-trips. Ava, all sites are still relatively authentic and not too touristy (end of January for us). We have discovered full of jewels of epochs, the monasteries, Buddhas and other pagodas. A place where one moves in a carriage. The carriage to Ava is a super pleasant because we thus visited the site and it is the ideal means of transport to get around. Indeed, the roads are difficult and sites quite distant from each other. It's clean, green and smart. Feet, would be enough sports. Sites:-the paid Yedanasimi is a small set of three seated Buddhas and a few old stupas partially renovated but with a base period. Very authentic and infrequent site. -The Maha Aungmye Bonzan is an incredible monastery, which reminds me a bit of the site of Angkor in Cambodia. This building of brick recoivert stucco (from 1822) is huge and very well preserved. The site is still quite blank and it bit fully discover the pieeces, including the maze of Hall at the base of the building. Magnificent. By taking height on the side we can see the bridges leading to Sagaing. -The Daw Gyan Pagoda is a small set of pagodas that we visited and which were not listed in our Lonely Planet. Nice surprise because they really give the impression to be in their original condition. These three pagodas are completely different in their style and give a charm to this old place. -The Bagaya Kyaung is an old monastery in amazing teak of authenticity. There are 267 pillars (I have not counted them!) very broad. The inside is dark but we did delve into the past. Beautiful engravings are made in wood. This monastery is still inhabited and you'll come across its occupants... A very nice visit.
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