Phowintaung (Burmese: ဖိုလ်ဝင်တောင် [pʰo wɪ tàʊɴ], also spelt as Hpowindaung, Powintaung, Po Win Taung) is a Buddhist cave complex located approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of Monywa and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southeast of Yinmabin, in Yinmabin Township, Monywa District, Sagaing Region, Northern Burma (Myanmar). It is located on the western bank of the Chindwin River. The name of the complex means Mountain of Isolated Solitary Meditation.

Phowintaung Cave Complex
ဖိုလ်ဝင်တောင်
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A Phowintaung Buddha statue with murals
Religion
AffiliationTheravada Buddhism
Location
CountryMyanmar
Phowintaung is located in Myanmar
Phowintaung
Location within Burma
Geographic coordinates22°02′44.46″N 94°59′3.03″E / 22.0456833°N 94.9841750°E / 22.0456833; 94.9841750Coordinates: 22°02′44.46″N 94°59′3.03″E / 22.0456833°N 94.9841750°E / 22.0456833; 94.9841750
Architecture
Completed14th century

The complex contains 947 small and large richly decorated caves. It is carved into a sandstone outcrop and contains numerous carved Buddha statues and mural paintings of geometric patterns and Jataka stories. The statues and paintings have been dated to between the 14th and 18th centuries.

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It is accessible from Monywa either by direct road over the new bridge or by a ferry across the Chindwin and then taking a jeep at the scenic Nyaungbin village.

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