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A recommended day trip from Taunggyi or Inle is the drive south to Kakku, a remote Buddhist site near the village of Mway Taw where thousands of medieval stupas stand in a walled compound above a bend in the river. There are said to be 2,548 monuments in total. Most of the pagodas date from the Bagan period (11th–13th centuries), but the largest, in slender Shan style, is believed to have been built by Ashoka, the Mauryan emperor of India, in the 3rd century BC. A permit to visit Kakku has to be obtained in advance from the PNO office in Taunggyi. The cost covers the services of a guide, in traditional Pa­O dress, who will explain the cultural significance of the site.

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