TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN OLD MANDALAY

You know Mandalay is a special place if it has 10 sights worth seeing. In fact, it has more, and here are 10 to start with…

1. GOLDEN PALACE MONASTERY

This traditional Burmese-style temple, also known as Schwenandaw Kyaung, was built by King Mindon in the 19th century, and later moved to its current location by his son.

The ancient Palace which remains much valuable heritage. (Source: The Internet)

The roof and walls are richly decorated with teak carvings depicting tales from Buddhist mythology. Used as a monastery today, this wooden structure is the only remaining wooden building of the Royal Palace complex.

2. AMARAPURA/ U BEIN BRIDGE

Over two centuries old, the world’s longest teak bridge spans Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay’s Amarapura township. At one time, Amarapura was a distinct and separate city and was an ancient capital of Myanmar.

The World’s Longest Teak Bridge – Amarapura. (Source: The Internet)

3. KUTHODAW PAYA

At the foot of Mandalay Hill sits Kuthodaw Paya, a religious complex whose claim to fame is that it is home of the world’s largest book.

Though being built very long time ago, Kuthodaw Paya is still impressive. (Source: The Internet)

The complete text of the Tripitaka (Theravada Buddhism’s most sacred text) is inscribed on 729 marble slabs, each of which is enshrined in its own small stupa and arranged in rows around the grounds. Construction began in 1860 at the order of Burmese King Mindon Min

4. MAHAMUNI PAGODA

This famous pagoda is a well-known pilgrimage site, noted for its enormous, gold Buddha statue. The Buddha was a spoil of war, brought to Mandalay from Rakhine state by Konbaung Dynasty King Thado Minsaw after his defeat of the Arakan Kingdom.The statue was so large that it had to be cut into pieces, transported, and then later reassembled.

You will admit that these architectures are very skillful and delicate. (Source: The Internet)

If you get up early, you can witness the daily face-washing given to the statue by the resident monks. Among the many interesting things to see are a number of bronzes originally from Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, inscription stones transported to the site from all over the country, and the intricately-tiled mosaic ceiling and carved and gilded columns of the main pagoda.

5. MAHAR AUNG MYAY JADE AND GEM MARKET

If you are a sucker for jewelry and sparkly things, your trip to Mandalay should include a side trip to the world’s largest jade market. Foreigners can enter for an admission fee of around a dollar, which allows you to watch the trading, see how jewelry and other items are created from blocks of jade and make purchases to support the local economy.

Jade market is full of colorful emerald. (Source: The Internet)

If you’d like to visit the jade market in its current location, you’d better step on it. The Ministry of Forestry and Mines plans to move the market from its current location in Mahar Aung Myay Township to Myinmu village in Amarapura. Merchants are opposing the move because it would mean a long commute for nearly 50,000 market workers.

6. MANDALAY HILL

You should come to visit this especially peaceful hill. (Source: The Internet)

In the old days, hoofing it was the only way to get to the top of this 240m vantage point. Today a few bucks will snag you a ride in a pickup truck. From the top, you can pay a visit to Sutaungpyei Pagoda and enjoy panoramic views of this fascinating city.

7. MYANMAR TRADITIONAL DANCE SHOW

Dinner and a show are a great combination no matter where you go; the 1,000 years of traditional dance presented three times a week at the Mandalay Hill Resort are no exception.

Long-standing traditional dance of Old Mandalay/ (Source: The Internet)

For just USD25, you can enjoy dinner, drinks, and “Dance from the Dynasties,” a revue covering Myanmar’s dance traditions from the heyday of ancient Bagan through modern day.

8. SANDAMUNI PAYA

Also located at the busy foot of Mandalay Hill, this pagoda is famous for housing the world’s largest iron Buddha statue. The pagoda was begun in 1874, and resembles nearby Kuthodaw Pagoda, with its many white stupas.

The pagoda is famous for housing the world’s largest iron Buddha statue. (Source: The Internet)

The pagoda has a complicated royal history and is the burial place of several members of the royal family who lost their lives during an 1866 coup.

9. SHWE KYI MIN PAYA

This pagoda was built in the 1st century by Pagan Prince Min Shin Saw, and still retains its original style, having never been renovated.

This pagoda is also an attractive spot to explore. (Source: The Internet)

Exiled after disagreements with his father King Alaungsithu, the prince nonetheless saw to the development of the area around Ava to which he was banished. His father died and Min Shin Saw returned to claim his throne, only to be assassinated by a jealous brother.

10. MINTHA THEATER

Experience the interplay of Myanmar’s traditional music, dance, and costume from 8:30-9:30 every evening in this showcase of Myanmar’s distinct culture. Dances presented reach as far back in time as the ancient kingdom of Bagan, and are accompanied by performances of live traditional music.

Experience the interplay of Myanmar’s traditional music, dance, and costume. (Source: The Internet)

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