Mandalay is a city and former royal capital in northern Myanmar (formerly Burma) on the Irrawaddy River. In its center is the restored Mandalay Palace from the Konbaung Dynasty, surrounded by a moat.
MAHAR MYATMUNI PAGODA
The Mahar Myatmuni Pagoda is located at the Southwest of Mandalay, where inside lies the Mahar Myatmuni Buddha Image. The Mahar Myatmuni Buddha Image is the most revered Buddha image in Mandalay. It is also known as the PhayaGyi. It is the most ancient Buddha image in Myanmar.
Kuthodaw Pagoda is located at the base of the southeast stairways to Mandalay Hill.The World's Largest Book TheKuthodaw Pagoda or MahaLawkaMarazeinPaya is often called the world’s largest book. It is a large walled complex situated at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill and was built by King Mindon at the same time he was constructing the Royal Palace.
The Shwenandaw monastery is the most significant of Mandalay’s historic buildings, since this ‘Golden Palace Monastery’ remains the sole major survivor of the former wooden Royal Palace built by King Mindon in the mid-nineteenth century. The Shwenandaw is a wonderfully fragile yet grand example of 19th century Myanmar teak architecture and also a significant masterpiece of the wood-carver’s art.
Mandalay Hill is a 240 metres hill that is located to the northeast of the city center of Mandalay in Myanmar. Mandalay Hill, the landmark of Mandalay, is the view point which overlooks the city. At the bottom in front of the southwest entrance are the two immense statue of Lions guard the holy hill. The city took its name from the hill. Mandalay Hill is known for its abundance of pagodas and monasteries, and has been a major pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists for nearly two centuries.
Royal Palace (Mandalay Palace), located in Mandalay, Myanmar, is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy. The palace was constructed, between 1857 and 1859 as part of King Mindon's founding of the new royal capital city of Mandalay.
Amarapura is the former capital of Myanmar, was once Myanmar’s capital city and built by King Bodawpaya in 1783. It is a popular tourist day-trip destination from Mandalay. The township is known today for its traditional silk and cotton weaving. The main attraction is an iconic wooden footbridge that crosses the Taungthaman lake called U Bein Bridge.
U BEIN BRIDGE
U Bein Bridge is about three quarter of a mile, crossing the Taung-tha-man Inn (lake). It is one of the most attractive spot for tourists. It is the longest teak bridge in the world and is about two centuries old. This bridge became to be known as U Bein Bridge after the name of the donor. U Bein who was a clerk to the Mayor of Amarapura. It was constructed in 1849 from old planks and timber posts of dismantled houses in Sagaing and Inwa.
Mahar Gandaryone Monastery
Mahar Gandaryone Monastery is situated in Amarapura near the famous U Bein Bridge. This is one of the largest teaching monasteries in Myanmar. The monastery was founded around 1914 and came to be known as a centre for monastic study and strict religious discipline. The main purpose to visit here is to watch the monks lined up along the road at 11:00am and have their main daily meal in the dining hall. The place is always crowded with tourists and local visitors who love to study Buddhist monastic life.
Weaving industry is one of the main professions of the Amarapura people. Over one hundred looms are used to obtain beautiful and intricate design and patterns as silk are worn in very special and ceremonial occasions. As being a famous and interesting cottage industry, this is another place for visitors to have a look. The staffs are always happy to explain how to make the weaving and show you around the workshops.
Innwa was formerly known as Ava and it is located 21km from Mandalay, is an ancient imperial capital of successive Burmese kingdoms from the 14th to 19th centuries. Inwa was also known as YadanaPura. It was first founded as a capital by King ThadoMinbya in 1364 A.D. It is the confluence of the Ayeyarwaddy & MyintNge Rivers. But the king had a canal dug to join the MyintNge and MyintTha rivers thus cutting off the capital as an island, safe from enemy attacks. Today a visit to Innwa is to explore the remains of an ancient city full of old watchtowers, city walls, monasteries, and temples.
MAHA AUNG MYE BON ZAN MONASTERY (Me Nu Oak-kyaung)
The MahaAungMyeBonzan, well known as Me Nu Oak-kyaung (Brick Monastery), was built in 1822 by Nanmadaw Me Nu. Chief Queen of King Bagyidaw for the royal about Nyaunggan Sayardaw U Po then offered to the 2nd Nyaunggan Sayardaw U Bok. I was also damaged by the earthquake of 1838 but was repaired in 1873 by Sinphyumashin who is the daughter of Me Nu and a queen of King Mindon. This monastery is one of the finest specimens of Myanmar architecture during during the Konbaung Period (19th century).
THE GRAND BARGAYA MONASTERY
The name Bargaya is a Mon word. The grand Bagaya monastery, decorated with splendid Myanma architectural works, is in the ancient city of Innwa. King Bagyidaw of Innwa era built the Bagaya monastery. This teak wood monastery was first built in 1593 about 11 miles (18 km) from present-day Mandalay. During King Bagyidaw (1819–1837), a great fire broke out on 15 April 1821. Many important buildings, including the Bagaya Monastery, were burnt in the fire. The government tried to reconstruct in 1992. It was recorded that the monastery was constructed based on the model of the old monastery.
Mingun is located on the western bank of the river Ayeyarwaddy approximately 7 miles north of Mandalay. It is reached by ferryboats across the river and takes 1 hour for up-river and 40 minutes for down-river. It is famous for many Buddhist shrines monasteries. Meditation centers and monuments of historical and cultural are importance.
It is one of the famous buildings in the world. The building of Mingun Pahtodawgyi started in 1791. Hand it been completed it would have a height of some 500 feet. It was stopped at 162 feet height. Its girth is about 450 square feet. This is Pondawya Pagoda which is prototype of Mingun Pahtodawgyi. King Bodawpaya built MingunPahtodawgyi aiming to worship from Shwebo in the distance where he has ascended the throne.
King Bodawpaya dedicated a big bronze bell near the Mingun Cedi at Mingun on the west bank of the Ayeyawaddy River. facingMandalay.The Bell was made of bronze; but it is said that Buddhist devotees inserted gold. Silver ornaments and jewellery into the bronze.The Bell measures eleven cubits and four thits (fingers) in diameter at its mouth; 33 cubits. onemit (6 inches) and four thits in circumference and 13 cubits. One mit and four thits in height. It weighs 55555 viss.It is the world's biggest ringing bell.
Myatheindan Pagoda built by King Bagyidaw in 1816. three years before he succeeded Bodawpaya as king. the pagoda was constructed in memory of his senior wife the Hsinbyume princess. It is built as a representation of the Sulamani Pagoda which according to the Buddhist plan of the cosmos. stands atop Mount Meru. The seven wavy terraces around the pagoda represent the seven mountain ranges around Mount Meru. This pagoda was badly damaged in 1838 by a quake but King Mindon restored it in 1874.
The hilltops each crested with a pagoda the banners proclaiming the Buddha's teaching the refuge from all ills and tribulations where over 600 monasteries for monks and nuns are located for Buddhist studies and meditation.
U MIN THONZE PAGODA
The Padamyazedi dates from 1300 while the U min Thonze or thirty caves pagoda has many Buddha images in a crescent shaped colonnade. Mural paintings can be seen in the Tilawkaguru cave temple which was built around 1672.
This huge pagoda is 10 km beyond the town of Sagaing. The enormous dome rises 46 m (151 feet) in the shape of a perfect hemisphere and was modeled after the Mahaceti Pagoda in Ceylon. Also known as Rajamanisula.the pagoda was built to commemorate Inwa's establishment as the royal capital of Myanmar. Around the base of the pagoda are stone pillars. each of which is 1.5 m high.
SOON OO PON NYA SHIN PAGODA
The most impressive Soon OoPonNya Shin Pagoda nearby was constructed in 1312. The view of Sagaing from Soon OoPonNya Shin and its approach is marvelous.
PYIN OO LWIN
PyinOoLwin is located on the western bank of the river Ayeyarwaddy. approximately 7 miles north of Mandalay. Over 1000 metres above sea-level.PyinOoLwin is a popular hill station about 69km away from Mandalay.It is well known for its colonial style houses with large compound and pine trees. eucalyptus and silver-oak abound in town. Delightfully cool and pleasant the whole year round.
KANDAWGYI BOTANNICAL GARDEN
The Botanical Garden was first founded in the year 1915-16 by one British botanist named Mr. Roger who began collecting local plants and trees and cultivating them on 30 acres of land at the present site. It was only in 1919 that the Government gave official sanction to it. The original area of the Botanical Garden was 170 acres of land and 70 acres of water totaling 240 acres. With a constant supply of sufficient spring water from the great lake nearby. the plan of the Garden was laid out on the design of Kew Gardens in England.
PWE KAUK FALL
PweKauk Fall is about 8km from town. It is also called Hampshire Falls in British times. It's a very pleasant picnic spot.
HTOO ORANGE FARM
One of the largest orange plantations in Myanmar is located quite far from the town, near the Pwe Kauk Waterfall. It has a total of 413 acres. The land clearing was started on 17 February 2007. It costs 2000 ks entrance fee, including a glass of pure refreshing orange juice. It's a very nice place to take photos. Also you are allowed to pluck oranges. You can pay an affordable price after the oranges you pluck are weighed.
MAHA ANTHOOKANTHAR PAGODA
This pagoda was not planned. but just came to be. The reason for this is that 3 marble Buddha figures made in Mandalay were being transported to their planned home in China. On this journey one of the Buddha figures fell from the lorry and could not be reloaded due to its weight. After many attempts it was left behind and the other 2 were taken on their way.
Pyin Oo Lwin is a city that has many interesting things to see and that it’s popular amongst the locals. December Garden is one of the human made gardens which are full of amazing and beautiful scenery place. There have a beautiful waterfall, seasonal fruits, seasonal flowers and very nice place to take a photo. You can enjoy the seasonal fruits drinks and enjoy the beauty of seasonal flowers. Fresh milk is one of the famous trades of this garden.
PEIK CHIN MYAUNG (MahaNandamu Cave)
The cave is near Wetwun village 12 miles east of the town and it is three miles south of the village. easily accessible by car. The cave is at the entrance to the Peik Chin Myaung ravine with many beautiful springs. When the rocks in the cave began to form the place was under seawater. As lime piled up the hillock took formation. Geologists estimate that it could be between 230 million and 310 million years old. The cave is called Peik Chin Myaung (Peik Chin Plants Ravine) as plenty of PeikChin plants used to grow there letting no light inside.
Goteik Viaduct is a railway trestle and located in Naung Cho, western Shan State. But the bridge is between the two towns of Pyin Oo Lwin (Mandalay Division) and Hsipaw (Northern Shan State). It is one and half hour drive from Pyin Oo Lwin. The viaduct measures 689 meters (2,260 ft). It is the highest bridge in Myanmar and when it was completed, the largest railway trestle in the world. You can enjoy the ride and beauty of nature over the bridge.