Phowintaung (Burmese: ဖါု၀င္ေတာင္, pronounced ], also spelt as Hpowindaung, Powintaung, Po Win Taung) is a Buddhist cave complex located approximately 25 kilometers west of Monywa and 10 kilometers 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.
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.
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.
Ceiling Vault with depiction of Buddha
Entrance to one of the caves
Buddha in Mahaparinibbana Pose