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Salay is a colorful old religious center in central Myanmar located about 1 ½ hours south of Bagan. In between visiting the numerous ancient monasteries, adorned with beautiful wood carvings, you can enjoy the beauty of this compact city of colonial buildings, monasteries, and pagodas.

Visit the famous Yoke-Sone-Kyaung’ Monastery, built in 1882 A.D., it is a cultural heritage site in Salay, situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. The monastery is famous for its spectacular woodcarvings, ancient Buddha image, and 19th century Yadanabon utensils.

Salay was also the hometown of famous Myanmar writer U Pone Nya from the era of Myanmar kings, and there is a museum dedicated to him in town.

Key Attractions

  • Yoke-Sone-Kyaung Monastery
  • Center for lacquerware manufacturing
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