Pyay was formerly known as Prome. Pyay is only 161 km north of Yangon and on the eastern bank of the Irrawaddy River on a lovely location, traveling along a well-maintained highway by car. You can see green paddy fields along the side of the highway. Pyay was also known as Thaye-khittra (Srikshetra between 4th -9th century), the ancient Pyu capital, is interesting place to visit because of their historical importance and archaeological sites such as Patagyi Pagoda, Payama Pagoda, Bawbawgyi Pagoda & Bebe Pagoda, and the ruins palace of Pyu dynasty and Mawza museum which is a small museum has a collection of artifacts collected from the excavations, including royal funerary urns, stone relieves, a couple of Bodhisattavas, a Dvrapala (great guardian), statues of the Hindu deities Tara Devi, Vishnu & Lakshmi, several 6th century Buddha images, tile fragments, terracotta votive tablets and silver coins minted in the kingdom. Other interesting places are Shwetaung and Akauk Hill.