Mandalay Region

Palace of Interest In Mandalay Area

Maha Myat Muni Buddha Image (Payagyi) – Kuthodaw Pagoda – Atumashi Monastery – Shwe Nandaw Monastery – Shwe Inbin Monastery – Mandalay Hill – Mandalay Palace – Amarapura – U Bein Bridge – Kyauktawgyi Pagoda – Pahtodawgyi Pagoda – Mingun – Mingun Paya (Pahtodawgyi) – Sagaing – Innwa (Ava) – Monywa – Mogok – Pyin Oo Lwin – Shwe Ba Taung – Phoe Win Taung

About Mandalay

Mandalay is not only a cultural city but also a center for Buddhism studies. It was the last capital of Myanmar kingdom and boasts landmarks including Kuthodaw pagoda (famous for the “world’s biggest book”: 729 stone slabs of Buddhist sculpture), Mandalay hill & Myanansankyaw Royal palace. Here you can study Myanmar art and crafts of Shwechihto (golden-Weaving), silk weaving, wood, marble & stone carving, bronze casting.

Mahamuni Pagoda

The Mahamuni Pagoda was built by King Bodaw Paya in 1784. It houses a 4.5m high image of Buddha that was brought from Rakhine State to Amarapura near Mandalay in 1784, during the reign of King Bodaw Paya. Its crown was an offering of King Thipaw in 1884, after it was damaged by fire. The pagoda was rebuilt in 1890. The Mahamuni Buddha is a highly gold-leafed image that is revered among Buddhist. A special ceremony is held each morning to wash and polish the face of the image.

Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill is, perhaps, one of the best known sites in Myanmar. It reaches 235m in the northeast of Mandalay. It depicts traditions of Buddhism and of the city in its many sculpted figures. One may ascend paths on foot or ride to the top. At the summit, a gorgeous view of the surrounding countryside, including the battlements of Mandalay Palace, induces visitors to linger.

Kuthodaw Pagoda

Kuthodaw Pagoda was built in 1868 by King Mindon, who surrounded it with 729 marble slabs inscribed with Tipitakatext, often called the “World’s Biggest Book”

Atumashi Monastery

This AtumashiKyaung (unrivalled Monastery), traditional Myanmar Monastic construction – a masonry base topped by a wooden building was built in 1857 by King Mindon. It was caught fire in 1890. Although it is now only a pale shadow of its original form, the ruined building is still impressive.

Shwe Inbin Monastery

Shweinbin Monastery is located at the southwest corner of Mandalay City. This attractive monastery built in traditional Burmese fashion is one of the few buildings that have survived the test of time. Constructed in 1895 by Chinese merchants, the monastery consists of many impressive woodcarvings and also contains a number of admirable works of art.

Kyauktawgyi

Kyauktawgyi is located near the southern entrance of Mandalay Hill. Built by King Mindon in 1864-65, it is best known for an enormous seated image of Buddha, carved from a single block of marble.

Mandalay Palace

Mandalay Palace was the first palace to be built in Mandalay, by King Mindon when he shifted his capital from Amarapura in 1861, to fulfil an old prophecy. But the palace was almost completely destroyed by fire during the World War II but the remaining-palace walls, city gates and the moat can still be seen. Models or replicas of the palace were built recently.

U Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge is about three quarter of a mile, crossing the Taung-tha-man Inn (lake). It is one of the most attractive spot for tourists. It is the longest teak bridge in the world and is about two centuries old. U Bein Bridge is about three quarter of a mile, crossing the Taung-tha-man Inn (lake). It is one of the most attractive spot for tourists. It is the longest teak bridge in the world and is about two centuries old. This bridge became to be known as U Bein Bridge after the name of the donor, U Bein who was a clerk to the Mayor of Amarapura. It was constructed in 1849 from old planks and timber posts of dismantled houses in Sagaing and Inwa. It took nearly two years to finish, but since it was opened in 1851 it has constantly been in use by the people and in recent years by foreign visitors also. There are now 1086 posts and 482 spans. At 9 points, were what served as drawbridges which were built to allow the royal barges and war boats to go under the bridge and out to the Ayeyarwadi River in the old days.

Pahtodawgyi Pagoda

In the southern part of Amarapura, the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda modeled on the Mahazedi of Sri Lanka. The foundation of this pagoda was laid by King Bagyidaw and his Queen on 2nd March 1820. The pagoda was completed on 19th February 1824. The base measures 180 feet in circumference, and the height also measures 180 feet. The official title of the pagoda is MahaVijayaramsi. This well preserved pagoda stood outside the old city walls. The lower terraces have marble slabs illustrating scenes from the Jataka. You’ll have a fine view over the surrounding countryside from the upper terrace. An inscription stone, within the temple precincts, details the history of the pagoda’s construction

Mingun

Located about 11 km upriver from Mandalay on the western banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River, is a town well-known for its 90 ton Mingun Bell, the largest ringing bell in the world; a mammoth unfinished Mingun Pagoda overlooking the Ayeyarwaddy River; Settawya Pagoda, and Sinbyume Pagoda and 45 minutes cruise along the river can view some of the village life of the people on the river banks.

Mingun Bell

King Bodawpaya dedicated a big bronze bell near the Mingun Cedi at Mingun on the west bank of the Ayeyawaddy River, facing Mandalay. The Bell was made of bronze; but it is said that Buddhist devotees inserted gold, silver ornaments and jewellery into the bronze. It weighs 55555 viss. It is the world’s biggest ringing bell.

Mogok

Located at 7500 feet sea-level, Myanmar people known as Ruby Land. The brilliant rubies and Sapphires are pulled from their land for countries. And also famed for her natural beauty and resources, six hours drive from Mandalay to the North east. The new ruby mines are developed such as Pyinlone and mine shu but the quality of ruby at mogok is the best.

Pyin Oo Lwin (May Myo)

Previously known as Maymyo because Major May founded this city during colonial time. Located at about 348 feet of sea level near east of Mandalay an Shan Plato famous for summer resort as cool for year round. Two hours drive from Mandalay and can see its beautiful with the Land scope. Visit to Pait Chin Myaung cave, track to Dattawgyi gait water fall and leisure at BE fall and Royal botanical garden are excellent. Riding the horse drawn coach and visit to wire product cartage industries are the unique of Pyin Oo Lwin.

Shwe Ba Taung

Close to Phowin Taung, famous for filled with Buddha images at sand stone caves. The greening sport area at dry zone make the visitor refreshment when you visit Shwe ba Taung.

Phowin Taung

After cruising the chindwin river by ferry and continue to ancient Phowin Taung cave about 1 hour drive to the Northern can arrive to call Powintaung Cave. Its famous for stone scripture and mural painting of the dozens of the caves. The statue and paintings are showing the old workmanship of 17 and 18 Century and also there are more than 400,000 Buddha images can see in this caves and surrounding area. Tamed monkey are make lovely to the visitors. The Mearina tiger and flog statues are make wonderful interest.
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