Monywa is a city in Sagaing Division andlocated 136 km north-west of Mandalay on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River. It will take 3 hours drive from Mandalay via Sagaing in Monywa.
It is interesting to know that the name of the city in Myanmar word is “Village of the women cake seller”. According to the legend, a Myanmar King fell in love with a seller of cakes from this town and made her his Queen in the old day. He named the town Monywa (“Mon” is Cake, “Ywa” means Village).
Monywa is an interesting place for those who love Buddhism. Thanboday pagoda is 37 acres wide with the unique architecture of 7350 relics and other holy items. Boddhi-tataung (1000 Buddhas), a group of banyan trees with a Buddha image at each of the tree feet is another place where most visitors would obviously should not miss on their trip to Monywa. Another rewarding experience is visiting Khatakan Taung Village, the home to the tallest standing Buddha Statue in the world.