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Lies on the banks of the Chindwin River, about 140 kilometres northwest of Mandalay. It is the gateway for excursions to the cave temples of Pho Win Taung, situated across the river and usually reached by ferry. There are supposed to have been more than 400,000 Buddha image carved into the caves. Another highly regarded attraction is Thanbhodday (or Sambuddha Kat Kyaw) Pagoda, completed in 1951 after 12 years. There are about 800 small stupas on and around the pagoda, as well as 582,357 Buddha statues in and on the ceiling, walls, archways and niches of the building. The caves are famous for their Buddha statues, mural paintings and wood carvings. There are quite a few legends surrounding the caves, mostly related to famous nat spirits.

Shwebo served as a royal capital from 1760 to 1764 under King Alaungpaya. During the month of April and May, Shwebo is extremely hot and dry. The major attraction near Shwebo is Hanlin (Unesco heritage).

Hanlin, Pyu cultural site is 11 miles southeast of Shwebo. The architectural remains of the Pyu Kingdom (3rd to 9th centuries) at Hanlin consist of a crumbling city wall, gates, pillars and zedi. In the small museum nearby monetary, pots and artefacts are shown.


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