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Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery is a 150-year old edifice popular for its intricate decorations both in its interiors and exteriors.

Though Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery is a popular destination among tourists and photographers, its simplicity is not hard to ignore – it lacks the lustre and extravagance of other monasteries. It was built for a grand purpose – to serve as a home to poor boys in the area. The monks in Shwe Yan Pyay live in a dormitory where they eat, take a bath, and live together. Half of the building is the dormitory and the other half is a temple wherein you can find a beautifully carved ceiling and an image of Buddha.



Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery is located in Nyaungshwe, Myanmar.


Opening Days and Hours

This attraction is open daily from 8:00 to 16:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance to this attraction is completely free.


How to Get There

  • Fly to Heho Airport via Myanmar National Airlines.
  • From the airport, board a taxi to Nyaungshwe.
  • Board a cycle to Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery.


Suggested For

  • Solo travelers/backpackers
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Groups


Time to Spend

Suggested duration in this attraction 1 hour.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

The best time to visit is from 8:00 to 11:00. Visiting around 16:00 is also ideal.



Thanakha Garden, The Ancestor Restaurant, and Phaw Phaw are some of the dining options near the monastery.




Immana Grand Hotel, Spring Lodge Inle, Thiri Nanda Villa, The Hotel Emperor are just some of the accommodation options near Inle Lake. Rates play around USD 28 to USD 80.

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