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Salay is a town located in Chauk TownshipMagway DistrictMagway RegionMyanmar (Burma). Salay is located by the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwady River, and its nearest town is Chauk, which is about 21 kilometres (13 mi) away.

Salay developed as a satellite town of Bagan in the 12th and 13th centuries and is still an important religious center.[1] Salay houses 50 active Buddhist monasteries, including the Yokesone Monastery, as well as Bagan-era monuments like the Man Buddha Image.[1] Salay is a center for lacquerware manufacturing.

Salay is also known as the birthplace of U Ponnya, one of Burma’s most celebrated writers.[2]


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