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Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery

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Address: Ava, Mandalay, Myanmar
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A beautiful monastery

it is worth walking all the way around this vast building as it is remarkably beautiful. Nip in and out of the "cloister" corridors for long vistas down the dark corridors. We... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it is worth walking all the way around this vast building as it is remarkably beautiful. Nip in and out of the "cloister" corridors for long vistas down the dark corridors. We made this as the second monastery in the area - the other is teak - and were conducted between the two on shaky carts drawn by scraggy horses... More 

Thank Kirkcaldylad
Davis, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Bonzan Monastery is a fine example of Burmese monastery architecture during the Konbaung dynasty (1752 to 1885). This monastery is built by bricks so it is also known as the Brick Monastery. Particularly noteworthy are its fancy structure decorated with intricate stuccoed sculptures. This is one stops of Ava horse cart trip. It costs 10000 kyats per cart up to... More 

Thank JaneJ2010
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

Ava is no longer the centre of Myanmar like it used to be. Most of the surroundings had become fields for quite some time. This monastery is something of a reminder that the area used to be much more. As for the structure itself, on close-up the carvings are fairly good, though like other pagodas and temples and monasteries around... More 

Thank Kat T
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

I really liked this temple it was completely different from what we had seen before, made of stone and painted a yellowish colour which is showing signs of wear due to the weather eliments. You can go up to the first terrace and walk inside although there is nothing to see just the architecture

Thank ivyCharlotte4
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Many reviewers have left posts here for the Mahagandhayon Monastery in Amarapura. This monastery in Ava/Inwa could not be more different from that one. This monastery was one of our stops on our horse and buggy tour around Ava. This ochre-coloured brick and stucco monastery looks quite impressive and is great for photos. You need to leave your shoes at... More 

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Newtown, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We crossed the river by the ferry and then took a horse and cart to the monastery. Compared with other religious sites we had visited this was reasonably quiet so provided good photo opportunities.

Thank ioan_wilson
Krakow, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Plenty of people ride to this place by horse-drawn carriage, but this place is very close to pier, so we recommend to use your own legs:) Local people always talk to tourist, that place is so far and you need to take (pay for) carriage, but it is not true.

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Canggu, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This is a very nice temple, affording plenty of photo opportunities and, when quiet, has a very peaceful feel to it. Walk through the back to get great views across the river to Sagaing and the bridge.Walk through the monestary to see a beautiful old building in ruins, but with lovely carvings. Overall, the first temple / monastery that refreshed... More 

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Buderim, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 318 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

This was an interesting Brick monastery and had some great rooms with various budda statues. You could do lots of exploring here in the various rooms. Go outside as well and there is an interesting pagoda close by. There are toilets here and things to buy.

Thank olie293
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

This building has withstood time and earthquakes well. It's situated in Inwa and it's great fun to clamber all over the outside or explore the many corridors of the different levels within. Very well worth the effort and in design different to most other places in this part of the world

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