Magwe Division

Shwesettaw Wildlife Reserve

It is located in Magway Division. It occupies an area of 553 square kilometres (213.4 sq mi) and was established in 1985.

The Shwe Set Taw Pagoda

Shwe Set Taw (The Golden Footprints) pagoda is one of the most venerated pagodas in Myanmar. Actually there are two pagodas: the Auk Set Taw Ya or the Lower and the Ahtet Set Taw Ya, the Upper.

The pagoda history tells us that in the 12th year after Lord Buddha attained his Enlightenment. He came to this area with a retinue of 500 followers. At that time the present Mann Chaung (Mann Creek) was known as Namada and here lived a Dragon King. Once this Dragon King invited Lord Buddha to his realm for worship and at the request of this Dragon King, Lord Buddha left an imprint of His feet on the banks of the present Mann Chaung. This day this place is known as Auk Set Taw Ya (Lower Golden Footprint).

Minbu Mud Volcanoes

mud volcano in Magwe Division

Nagar Pwet Taung, an unusual pool of bubbling mud. This geological phenomenon is believed by locals to be caused by dragons (Nagas) living deep inside the earth.Located in Minbu Township;53 Km distance from Magwe Town.






Pakokku town is the administrative town of Pakokku district, Pakokku division. It is situated at 19 miles\30km northwest of old Bagan across from Ayeyarwaddy river. It was used to be an important trading town before colonial time with nearly 2500 households in 1828. It was one of the main port for upper Myanmar until the arrival of locomotives and roads. Nowadays, it is still served as an important town around the region. It is the tobacco capital of Myanmar,plus higher education center for people around there. Other traditional products like slipper amd Thanakar are manufactured around Pakokku. Since it is very closed to Bagan, it has some religious buildings belong to the Bagan aera. Thihoshin,Shwegugyi and Shwetantit paya are the most famous religious site in Pakokku.

Shwegugyi Paya

It is situated only a short distance from the Pakokku largest market. It has a 5ft\1.5m tall buddha image in standing position with a stunning backdrop. The backdrop of the throne was created by two skill woodcarver. Their masterpiece took over four years to finish and were paid 4000 silver.

They had to order fifty different types of tools for the project. The carving was crafted on five blocks of wood with total measurement of 5 ft 10 inches\1.7m in length,12 ft 10 inches\3.9m in height and 8 inches\0.2m in thickness. It was curved in eight layers with 154 figures on it. The project was started around in 1907. The carvings were so famous in Myanmar that one of the most popular traditional dance troupe decided to copy some of the scenes into their play.