It is situated about 600 kilometers north of Yangon on the Ayeyarwaddy river. It is Myanmar’s second largest city and was the royal capital of the last monarchy of Myanmar ( Burma ). It enjoys the splendor of the golden age and still has great importance as a cultural center. The palace was constructed in 1857 in Myanmar traditional architectural styled.
The hill has for long been a holy mount and the legend says that the Buddha on his visit had prophesied that a great city would be founded at its foot. Mandalay PalaceMajestic palace walls, city gates superimposed by pavilions and the surrounding moat are standing evidences showing how grand was the former palace.
This monastery is famous for its intricate woodcarvings and is reminiscent of old Mandalay Palace.
Mahamuni Pagoda is revered as the holiest shrine in Mandalay. King Bodawpaya built it in 1784.
The best time to travel to U Bain Bridge (U Pain Bridge) is in the afternoon. The view of sunset from and around the bridge is perhaps the most beautiful scene around Mandalay. The weather is also cooler and more comfortable, with cool light breeze blowing over the serene lake. You can sit on the river bank of Taungthaman Lake, sipping beer with fried shrimps and fishes freshly caught from the lake. Then, take a boat ride along Taungthaman Lake. Walk along the bridge until the end, and meet the local villagers coming back from work to their villages on the other side of the Lake. You will realize this is the best place in Mandalay.
Kuthodaw Pagoda was built by King Mindon in 1857. The shrine is surrounded by 729 upright stone slabs bearing the entire Buddhist scriptures. It is popularly known as ” The world’s Biggest Book ” for its stone scriptures.
The largest repository of Myanmar arts and crafts can be found in Mandalay. Lovers of arts and crafts will certainly enjoy them.
It is located at 69 km (1 1/2 hours drive) east of Mandalay and having over 1,100 metres above sea level. It has a pleasant and cool weather the whole year round. Places to visit include the Botanical Garden (142 hectare), the Chinese temple, Pwekauk Waterfalls and Peik-Chin-Hmyaung Cave.
Inwa, Located across Myitnge River about 20 kilometers southwest of Mandalay is the capital of Burmese Kingdom for nearly 400 years.
Amerapura-Lies on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River. A suburb of Mandalay, there has numerous silk weaving. Founded by King Bodawpaya in 1783 as his new capital. Amarapura means City of Immortality.
Sagaing lies 21km south-west of Mandalay on the west bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Sagaing became the capital of an independent Shan kingdom around 1315 after the fall of Bagan. Today, Sagaing is known as a meditation centre.
Mogok is in the Mandalay Division, lies 1170 metres above sea level. Royalty throughout the world have sought Mogok rubies and sapphires for many centuries.
Mingun today hosts the world second largest ringing Bell of 90 tons in weight and unfinished pagoda to go with it.
A picturesque town on the Chindwin River, Monywa is known a typical unspolit Myanmar ( Burma ) town and it is only a three hours drive from Mandalay.
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