Known as one of 4 popular tourist destinations in Myanmar (include Bagan, Yangon, Inle and Mandalay), the 142-year-old city of Mandalay with majestic historical sites always brings a special attraction to visitors. The following are some places to see that you should not miss while traveling this city.
Mandalay Hill – must-visit destination in Mandalay
Right the first step into this city, you will see the Mandalay Hill. The 230-meter high hill was an important site marking the extremely prosperous period of Buddhism in Burma when the King Mindon moved the capital to Mandalay in the 19th century. During the reign, he built many great monasteries and the most prominent must be mentioned is the stone tablets inscribed with the Tripitaka stand upright in the grounds of the Kuthodaw Pagoda.
Coming here, travelers will be enjoyed the peaceful space and the wonderful panoramic view of the city from the top of the hill. This is also the reason making Mandalay Hill become the most impressive landmark in Mandalay.
The 413-hectare Mandalay Royal Palace is famous for its wall system built solidly, skillfully and beautifully. The palace was started to build in 1857 and completed in 1859 with the function as a fortress. The wall has 12 gates representing 12 zodiac marks; each side has 3 doors with even distance between doors and corners. Although the palace was destroyed by bombs during the World War II, it was completely renovated in 1989 and became the most attractive tourist destination in Mandalay.
The Mandalay Palace has only one gate allowing foreign tourists to enter to visit with the entrance fees of 10.000 kyat. Inside the palace, there are also residential areas and the royal palace in the middle.
Maha Myat Muni Temple – unique site to see
Maha Myat Muni, also known as Mahamuni Temple, is a popular tourist attraction in Mandalay. The most attractive thing in here is the 4-meter high bronze statue weighing 6.5 tons. On the crown of the statue is decorated with many rubies, and sparkling diamonds. After that, to respect to the Buddha, devotees apply gold leaf to the image, as a result, the Mahamuni Buddha is covered with a thick layer of gold leaf of about 15cm, which has distorted the shape of the statue.
Kuthodaw pagoda – beautiful stop in Mandalay
Situated at the foot of the Mandalay Hill, Kuthodaw Pagoda is a popular tourist destination not only in Mandalay but also in the world. This pagoda is considered as the home of the “world’s biggest book” – a copy of the Buddhist Tipitaka inscribed on 729 marble slabs. Each of them is housed in a separate white stupa. The unique and special feature of the pagoda is that its campus planted a lot of jasmine flowers, very beautiful.
Mahar Aung Myay market – the famous market selling jade in the world
Referring to Mandalay, three things people often think about are jade, pagodas and teak wood so going to Mandalay without visiting Mahar Aung Myay market will be a big mistake. It is the largest place selling jade in the world where you can find a lot of gemstone jewelry such as rings, earrings, pendants,… The price is quite cheap so you can freely buy them as gifts to bring back for family and friends.
Some tips you should know
- The main transportation in Mandalay is taxi costing about 25,000 kyat per day or you also can rent a car, costing 45,000 kyat/day.
- The best itinerary we suggest for you is Mandalay Hill, monastery, Royal Palace, Sagaing Hill, Inwa and Ubein Bridge.
- Remember to wear appropriate when visiting temples
- Food and drink in Mandalay are quite cheap, for example, a buffet at “All you can eat” restaurant costs only 3,000 kyat/person.
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