Taking off from Mandalay, head to the former capital of Shwe Bo and wander around its vibrant countryside. Continue with a visit to one of the most venerated pagodas and the auspicious ‘wishing grounds’. Wrap up with a visit to the traditional pottery town of Kyauk Myaung and explore its famous exports.
Wishing Grounds: Shwe Bo & Kyauk Myaung - Full Day
Today your tour will start at 08:00.
Begin the journey from Mandalay out to Shwe Bo and Kyauk Myaung. Reach former capital of Shwe Bo after 2.5 hours, passing through rural villages and crossing the Irrawaddy River along the way. Upon arrival, begin with a visit to the main local market. Shwe Bo is a major agricultural trading town with beans, rice and sesame being grown in the surrounding plains; the market, therefore, is a hub of activity.
Continue with a visit to Maw Daw Myi Thar Pagoda, one of the most venerated pagodas in all of Myanmar. Located on Eindathaya Hill, this pagoda is taller than Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and is gilded in gold. Afterwards, visit a small British war cemetery of soldiers killed during pacification campaigns near Shwebo.
Afterwards, visit the ‘wishing grounds’, an auspicious spot believed to have been used by King Alaungpaya as a gathering point before battles. The locals come here to make offerings in hopes their wishes will come true. Conclude with a visit to Myo Daunt Zedi.
At midday, a stop will be made at a local restaurant for lunch.
Continue to Kyauk Myaung, a small town 27 km east of Shwe Bo that is famous for its glazed pottery including large Martaban Jars. These jars are used as containers to hold water, cooking oil and rice and are seen throughout Myanmar. A visit will be made to a pottery workshop followed by a trip to the Irrawaddy riverbank to see how the pots are transported down river.
After the visit, make the return drive to Mandalay, arriving late in the afternoon. (L)
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