Top 10 places to visit in Mandalay

Top 10 places to visit in Mandalay
Top 10 places to visit in Mandalay

1.Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill  is a 240 metres (790 ft) hill that is located to the northeast of the city centre of Mandalay in Myanmar. The city took its name from the hill. Mandalay Hill is known for its abundance of pagoda  and monasteries  and has been a major pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhist  for nearly two centuries. At the top of the hill is the Sutaungpyei (literally wish-fulfilling) Pagoda. A panoramic view of Mandalay from the top of Mandalay Hill alone makes it worthwhile to attempt a climb up its stairways.You can see beautiful sunset from Mandalay Hill.

2. Kuthodaw Pagoda ( World Biggest Book)

Kuthodaw Pagoda formally titled  Mahalawka Marazeinis a Buddhist stupa, located in Mandalay, Myanmar, that contains the world’s largest book. It lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill and was built during the reign of King Mindon.

3. Shwe Nan Daw Monastrey

Shwenandaw Monastery “Golden Palace Monastery”) is a historic Buddhist Monastery  located near Mandalay Hill, Mandalay Region, Myanmar (formerly Burma).It was built in 1878 by King Thibaw. The monastery is known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths, which adorn its walls and roofs. The monastery is built in the traditional Burmese architectural style. Shwenandaw Monastery is the single remaining major original structure of the original Royal Palace today.

4. Mahamuni Buddha Temple

The Mahamuni Buddha Temple also called the Mahamuni Image is a Buddhist temple and major pilgrimage site, located southwest of Mandalay, Myanmar. The Mahamuni Buddha image (literal meaning: The Great Sage) is deified in this temple, and originally came from Arakan. It is highly venerated in Burma and central to many people’s lives, as it is seen as an expression of representing the Buddha’s life.

5.Mandalay Palace

The Mandalay Palace is located in Mandalay,Myanmar.It is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy. The palace was constructed between 1857 and 1859 as part of King Mindon’ founding of the new royal capital city of Mandalay. The plan of Mandalay Palace largely follows the traditional Burmese palace design, inside a walled fort surrounded by a moat.Today, Mandalay Palace is a primary symbol of Mandalay and a major tourist destination.

6.U Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge  is a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar. The 1.2-kilometre (0.75 mi) bridge was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and (once) longest teakwood bridge in the world. Construction began when the capital of Ava Kingdom moved to Amarapura, and the bridge is named after the mayor who had it built. It is used as an important passageway for the local people and has also become a tourist attraction.

7. Bagaya Monastery

The Bagaya Monastery , located in Inwa, Mandalay Region,  Myanmar is a Buddhist monastery built on the southwest of Inwa Palace. This magnificent monastery is also known as Maha Waiyan Bontha Bagaya Monastery. During King Hsinbyushin’s reign (1763–1776), Maha Thiri Zeya Thinkhaya, town officer of Magwe built the monastery in the Bagaya monastic establishment and dedicated to Shin Dhammabhinanda. It is one of the famous tourists attractions in Burma. Bagaya  is a Burmese approximation of Mon Language, literally star-flower monastery.

8. Hsibyume Pagoda

The Hsinbyume Pagoda also known as Myatheindan Pagoda  is a large pagoda on the northern side of Mingun in Sagaing Region in Myanmar, on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River. It is approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northwest of Mandalay and is located in the proximity of the Mingun Pathodawgyi. The pagoda was built in 1816 by Bagyidaw. It is dedicated to the memory of his first consort, Princess Hsinbyume( Princess White Elephant, 1789–1812) who had died in childbirth in a site nearby.

9. Mingun Pahtodawgyi

The Mingun Pahtodawgyi is an incomplete monument stupa in Mingun, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northwest of Mandalay, in Sagaing Region in central Myanmar.The remains of a massive construction project begun by King Bodawpaya in 1790 which was intentionally left unfinished. It holds the record of being the largest pile of bricks in the world.

10. Jade Pagoda

Jade Pagoda (Kyauksein Pagoda), formally known as the Varocana Kyauksein Zedi , is a Buddhist pagoda located in the outskirts of Amarapura, Mandalay Region, Myanmar. The pagoda itself is covered over 10,000 long tons (10,000,000 kg) of jade, rising to a height of 75 feet 6 inches (23.01 m), and is reputed to the be the world’s first jade pagoda.

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