Mandalay

Mandalay

Mandalay is the last Kingdom of Myanmar Dynasty before British took over. For this reason, it still has great importance as Myanmar's cultural heart-canter Second largest city and former Royal capital of Myanmar. Many historical buildings and temples and pagodas. A center for silk and cotton weaving, marble carving, bronze and silver crafts and Kalaga tapestries. Out of Mandalay the monasteries and pagodas covering the hills of Sagaing, former ancient capitals of Amarapura and Ava. Mingun with its vast unfinished pagoda and the world's largest intact bronze bell in Myanmar, and Mandalay is relatively young dating back only a century. Today Mandalay neighbors the mountain regions of the Shan and the Kachin people, acting as the gateway to the north, and ultimately to China. It is the main market city for "Upper Myanmar" and a place for the hill tribes to gather and trade. Mandalay still has considerable cultural and religious significance and its Buddhist monasteries are among the most important in the country. About 60% of the monks in Myanmar reside in the Mandalay area.
Sights Around Mandalay

Sights Around Mandalay

The area around Mandalay has a number of attractions well worth visiting. Namely, Myanmar ancient cities of Amarapura, Sagaing and Inwa, Mingun and the hill station Pyin U Lwin (Maymyo).

Mandalay main attractions

Mandalay main attractions

The main tourist attractions are Mandalay Hill, Mya-nan-san-kyaw Golden Palace, the old city walls and the moat; Mahamuni Image of Buddha, which is the most revered and sacred site of Mandalay; Kyauk-taw-gyi Buddha, white Marble huge seated image of the Buddha carved from a single block of stone; Kuthodaw Pagoda with the entire Buddhist scriptures...

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