Pakokku is a town in the Magway Region in Burma. It is situated about 30 km north-west of Bagan on the Irrawaddy River, and 180 Km from Mandalay City by road
Population: about 1,500,000
Pakokku used to serve as a port. This town was occupied by Communist rebels in 1949 and held until 1955, when it was liberated by government forces
Pakokku is a prosperous trading town in central Myanmar, a trading centre for the Chindwin and Yaw Rive, it is well-known for the production of Tobacco. Other than Tobacco plantation, it also produces palm sugar jaggery, thanakha logs, longyis and blankets called “Anyar Saung”. Pakokku is accessible from Mandalay by car and Bagan by ferry boat.
What to see?
Besides, the town is also a noticeable Buddhist centre with more than eighty monasteries. One of the most famous pagodas in Pakokku is Thiho Shin Pagoda, built by Kung Alaungsithu. The Pagoda contains an image presented by the King of Ceylon some 800 years ago, one of the most renowned in Myanmar. Thiho Shin pagoda festival is held from 8th waxing day to 10th waxing day of Nayon annually. Besides Pakokku, we can also find another famous pagoda such as Thiho Shin Pagoda and Shwe Ku Pagoda which is famous for its wood carving and houses a Buddha image seated on a lotus throne.
Heading 20 kilometers to Pakokku’s northwest, you can find the remains of Pakhangyi, an ancient city constructed by King Mindon in 1886 with about 383 ancient monumental buildings. This monastery was built in the shape of a royal residence attached with four large halls namely the Shirine hall, the Sanu hall, the main hall and the Bawga hall. The city walls of Pakhangyi are the most massive among the remaining un-ruined city walls in Myanmar.
Pakhangyi (Ancient City)
The ancient Pakhangyi city is situated in Yesagyo Township, Pakokku District, Magway Region in central Myanmar. There are about 382 ancient monumental buildings in the old city of Pakhangyi. The city walls of Pakhangyi are the most massive, among the remaining un-ruined city walls in Myanmar
The picture with the title Old wooden monastery in Pakhan Gyi ancient town, middle Myanmar
Shwe Ku Pagoda
Shwe Ku Pagoda is one of the famous pagodas in Pakokku. It is famous for its wood carving and housing a Buddha image seated on a lotus throne.