DESTINATION IN MANDALAY
It was the last capital of Myanmar Kingdom and
was founded by King Mindon in 1857. But the golden
time was really short. In 1885 during the reign of
king Thipaw, the British took the control of the
whole country, Myanmar.
Mandalay Hill, 230 meters above sea level, offers
a magnificent view of the city and surrounding
countryside. Two ways to proceed to the top, one
stairway with 1729 steps, another by car .
The biggest book of the world, Khuthodaw, was
built by king Mindon in 1860. It took 2 years to
finish after the fifth synod of Theravada Buddhism .
There are 729 marble inscription in pali thipitaka.
It was the royal teak building of Mandalay
palace. Later, it was moved outside the palace which
was used as a monastery in 1879 and left the rest of
royal building during the second world war.
Mahamuni (Phaya gyi)
King Bodaw paya brought this Mahamuni Image from
Rakhine after the victory over the Rahkine empire in
1784.It is 4 m high and made of bronze covered with
15cm thick layer of gold-leaf. There are interesting
things like the bronze figure from Ankorwat ,
Ayeyarwon figure (elephant with three heads) and
Other interesting places
Mandalay Palace, Kyauktawgyi, Sandamuni, Atumashi
monatery, gold leaf, stone carving, tapestery.
Amarapura is 11 km far from Mandalay in the south
and it was the ancient capital , was built in 1783
during reign of King Bodawpaya. Interesting places
are U Bein bridge (across the Taungthaman lake),
Mahagandayone Monastery, Kyauktawgyi Paya, silk
It was an ancient capital of Myanmar, was
situated south of Amarapura on other bank of
Myintnge.You can get there by ferry boat and can
see Nanmyint Tower, Mahaaungmyaybonzan monastery (Malnu Okkyaung), Bagayar Monastery.
Once an ancient capital, Sagaing lies 21 km south
west of Mandalay, beside the Ayeyarwaddy River. The
Sagaing Hills are dotted with pagodas and there are
over 500 monastery, a retreat for some 6000 monks
and nuns. Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, Kaung Hmudaw
Pagoda (a copy of the Mahaceti Pagoda in Sri Lanka),
and Ywahtaung(home of the silversmiths’ guilds) are
places of worth visiting.
Mingun is 11 km upriver from Mandalay, situated
on the western bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River.
Interesting places there are Mingun Patho, built by
King Bodawpaya but unfinished, Mingun Bell, the
largest ringing Bell in the world, Sattawya Pagoda
and Mya Thein Tan Pagoda.
Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo)
Over 1000 meters above sea - level, Pyin Oo Lwin
is a popular hill-station, about 69 km away from
Mandalay. It is well-known for its colonial-style
houses with large compound and pine trees,
eucalyptus and silver- oak abound in town.
Delightfully cool and pleasant the world year round,
the 175 hectare National Kandawgyi Gardens, Pwe Kauk
and Anisakan Waterfalls and Peik Chin Myaung Caves
are places of interest.
About 136 km to the west of Mandalay is Monywa,
the commercial centre of Chindwin Valley. For
sightseeing, Than- bok-de Pagoda with over 500,000
Buddha Images, Bodhi - ta - htaung (one thousand Bo
Trees), Ledi Kyaungteik monastery where Buddhist
scriptures are inscribed on 806 stone slabs and
Kyauka Village known for its own style of
lacquerware are famous. The other places are
Phowintaung and Shwebataug. You can get there across
Chindwin River by car.