Welcome to Salay...
After refreshments served at the Stamp Restaurant, the ancient colonial Post Office entirely renovated by the Treasure Project Fundation, you will start your visit, by foot, to the monastery and library of U Po Nya (1875). Monk, and poet favorite to King Mindon, U Po Nya is still one of the most famous names in Burmese literature. Nearby, stands the pagoda of the world biggest lacquered Buddha. It was found floating along the river, from where, no one knows.
Now a museum, Yok Son Kyaung monastery was built in 1892 thanks to Sa Lay’s richest trader (you will visit his house later too). Beautifully sculpted, the monastery showcases superb examples of Buddhist works of art from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Along the way you will also see many colonial houses that were mainly commissioned by the BOC foremen. Most date back to the years 1910 - 1920. Some have endured poor refurbishments, others have lost their rendering, others have simply been left ageing, eaten by moisture and moss. Fortunately, officials and inhabitants now realise their historical value and proper renovations have begun.