On the eastern banks of Chindwin River, situated 136 km from Mandalay, lies another trading town for trade with the western part of Myanmar and India. There are several markets. The town is partly rebuilt as there was a large fire 50 years ago. Aside from trading, people live on logging, Kyauka lacquerware, planting various kind of crops such as rice, beans and peanuts. On the outskirts of Monywa is the famous Lei-Di monastery located who’s former head monk was adored by Myanmar Buddhists. A bit out of town is a famous lacquerware manufacturing in the village of Kyaukkha. There is a large copper mine on the other side of the River. It takes around 4 hours from Mandalay by car.