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Inwa or Ava is in Mandalay.

Inwa or Ava is located in Mandalay Region, Burma (Myanmar).


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Inwa was the imperial capital of Burma from 1365 to 1842, during the five separate periods. Recognized as the significant capital, Inwa was the name of which Burma was recognized to Europeans until the 19th century. Together with the names of Innwa or Ava, the city was also called Ratnapura which means ‘City of Gems.” In 1636, the Burmese king of Taungoo decided to relocate the capital to Inwa. Then, in 1752, Inwa was sacked due to the Mon revolt against the Burmese rule. Several years later, the King of Konbaung Dynasty defeated the Mon and then re-established the court in Inwa. When the British occupied Lower Myanmar, after the Second Anglo-Burmese War, the Upper Myanmar was popularly referred to as the Kingdom of Inwa. Then, during the reign of King Bagyidaw (1819-1937), the Court was moved back to Inwa in 1823. When it came to the horrible earthquake of 1839, the old imperial capital was damaged completely and was ultimately abandoned. Several remnants left today.

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Bus and Express[edit]

There are Daily Expresses from Yangon and other major cities.


There are daily flights from Yangon to Mandalay. It is on the way from the Mandalay International Airport to Mandalay.

Get around[edit]

There are no taxis or motorbike taxis (unless you hire your own in Mandalay).

The most popular way to visit Inwa is by horse cart (K10,000). Dozens of carts wait at Inwa's eastern jetty. Horse-cart tours are a major part of the Inwa experience – carriages generate no noise pollution and create picturesque scenes along the tree-lined tracks. However, cart drivers typically stick to a fixed route, and some of their ponies look to be in sad condition. Whether this is due to slow business or the actions of the horse-cart driver is tough to determine – most cart drivers are friendly and honest, but this isn't a universal standard.

Bringing your own bicycle or motorbike from Mandalay will allow you to explore thoroughly. Walking is possible but less efficient.

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  • Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery ("Me).  edit
  • The Grand Bargaya Monastery.  edit
  • Watch Tower (Nan Myint).  edit

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Pagodas and Villages

Explore Inwas many pagodas, see the old city wall, and wander through the fields and local villages to get a taste for the slower pace of life.

The Mandalay archaeological zone ticket (US $10) will give you access to the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, as well as other sites around Inwa, and Amarapura too.

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Myanma Nwe Sin Arts & Crafts in Inwa This friendly little company makes lacquerware bowls for local monks. Hours vary.

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Small River Restaurant(International in Inwa)

A popular tourist retreat near Inwa jetty, Small River has tables dotted throughout a tree-shaded garden backing on to a modest colonial-era wooden house (not part of the restaurant). It has some nice vegetarian options.

Details 09 9100 1921 Hours: 8am-6pm Price: mains K3500-7000

Ave Maria(Chinese in Inwa)

Follow the signs to this slightly hidden garden restaurant with attractive river views and good curry dishes.

Details 09-26328 Hours: 8.30am-6pm Price: mains K2000-4500

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There is no accommodation to sleep.


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