Twante Township, Yangon

  • Location: In Yangon
  • Status: The principal town and administrative seat
  • Population: 202 221 (in 2008)
  • Attractions: Shwe Sandaw Pagoda


Situated to the west of Yangon, Twante is a small provincial town. You can reach Twante by ferry, to be more specific, take the passengers ferry in Yangon and to reach Dalla from the other bank of the river. This kind of transportation gives you a good chance to observe the panoramic scene of the boats and activities of the local as well as buildings along the river. After reaching Dalla, you can reach Twante by local taxi. The transfer takes around 45 minutes on a narrow through paddies fields until reaching the small town of Twante.

Twante Township is well known for its pottery activities handled by a few families since several generations. If counting commercial outlets, there are about dozen major pottery works in Twante. But if adding a number of households churning out pottery pieces for agricultural supplement, the figure would jump up to hundred potteries. Laborers work in teams of two to fashion the clay by hand into various shapes. In spite of being sold mostly in the town’s market, some of potteries are also transported to other parts of the country for sale.

Twante Township is famous for its ceramic workshop of Bo Oh. Visiting these workshops, you can view the process of making the pots or make your own products. You can form your bowl and then bake it in the kiln, and enjoy. In addition, you can buy by yourself with various choices of bowels in a number of styles, sizes, and colors, etc.

Besides Bo Oh, Twante Township attracts tourists with Shwesandaw Pagoda, which is the most prominent site and the third largest pagoda among pagodas with the name “Shwesan”. This pagoda was built in A.D. 1057 by King Anawraha with hard stone images of Buddha at four sides. This is the first monument in Bagan to feature stairways leading from the square bottom terraces to the round base of the stupa itself. This stupa supposedly enshrines a Buddha hair relic brought back from Thaton. The upper terrace of Shwesandaw Pagoda has become a popular sunset-viewing spot.

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