Innwa (Ava) was the capital of Innwa Kingdom from 1364 to 1841. The city was officially founded on 26th February, 1364 on a man-made island by filling swamplands and lakes, connecting Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) river to Myitnge. Taungoo king relocated his capital to Innwa after conquering Innwa in 1555. The king Alaunpaya defeated the Mons and re-established the court in Innwa along with Konbaung dynasty. The city was abandoned for Amarapura after devastating earthquake on March 23rd 1839.

Interesting places in Innwa
Bagaya Kyaung
Bagaya Kyaung

The elaborate monastery, Bagaya Kyaung, dates back to 1834 when it was built by teak and supported by 267 teak posts, and remains intact. It was also known as the “monastic college” where the royals were educated. In some references, the monastery is dated back to 1770s built by Maha Thiri Zeya Thinkhaya.

Maha Aungmye Bonzan
Maha Aungmye Bonzan

The Maha Aungmye Bonzan monastery is also known as Me Nu Oak Kyaung, named after Me Nu, King Bagyidaw’s head queen, who commissioned the monastery in 1818. Its elaborate stone stucco ornamentations appear resemble carvings, housing a Buddha statue decorated with glass mosaics.

Watch Tower
Watch Tower

The Watch Tower is also called Nan Myint. It is about 90 feet tall and built in 1822. After the devastating earthquake of 1839 in Innwa, the tower leaned to one side – now restored.

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