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The famous tourist destinations of Mandalay, Myanmar

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Mandalay is the principal economic and religious city of upper Myanmar. It is situated in the centre of the country and 714 km north of Yangon. It was founded in 1857 by King Mindon, where the Royal Palace of the Konbaung Dynasty is located and it was the last monarchy until being occupied by the British in 1885. Today, Mandalay is still accepted as the art and cultural heartland of Myanmar and one can also discover the history, tradition, ritual and ceremonies there. Moreover, it is also easily accessible to Sagaing, Ava (Inwa), Amarapura, Mingun and Pyin Oo Lwin.

1. Royal Palace Mandalay

The Royal Palace is located in the center of Mandalay, so it is easy to visit, from Ostello Bello you walk about 10 minutes to the center. However, only one port is open to foreigners. Entry fee is 10,000 kyat. In the middle of the palace are palaces and monasteries, monasteries: the Royal Palace, the Shwenandaw Monastery, the Sandamuni Pagoda, the Kuthodaw Pagoda, the Maha Atulawaiyan Monastery and the Kyauktaw Gyi Pagoda.

Royal Palace Mandalay
Royal Palace Mandalay


2. Mandalay Hills

The hillside is next to the city, with the Sutaungpyae Paya on top of the hill, where you can watch the entire city from above, especially watching the sunset from the Ayeyarwaddy River. The special feature of this temple is the design of the mandala and the beautiful stereotypes.

Mandalay Hill, enjoy beautiful sunset in Mandalay
Mandalay Hill, enjoy beautiful sunset in Mandalay


3. Maha Gandhayon Kyaung Monastery

Maha Gandhayon Kyaung is the largest monastery in the country, providing training and education for thousands of young monks. Monks live in dormitories and study in the monastery. At 10 am every day, after the chanting, the gathered gong is beaten up, thousands of young monks from the hostel to the courtyard, arranged into two long lines, patiently step foot bare feet waiting for food.

Maha Gandhayon Kyaung Monastery
Maha Gandhayon Kyaung Monastery


4. Sagaing Hill

Sagaing Hill, one of the main Buddhist centers in Myanmar, boasts over 600 monasteries and towers, and over 6,000 monks and nuns. The Sagaing Hill is connected to the Mandalay Center by an iron bridge across the river. You can go to the hill by motorbike or car, taxis, do not fool the bike ride because of high steep and many dangerous bends. You will spend the whole day visiting the temples on the hill: Shwe Mohtaw Temple, Yadanar Zedi Sinmyar Shin Temple, Umin Thonse Pagoda, Soon Oo Ponya Shin Temple ...

Sagaing Hills - A peaceful place for Buddhists
Sagaing Hills - A peaceful place for Buddhists


5. Inwa VillageInwa

Inwa VillageInwa was the capital of Myanmar from 1364 to 1841, when Thado Minbya moved the capital from Sagaing to Inwa. Inwa is an oasis in the middle of the Ayeyarwady River and the Myitnge River. The only way to get here is to cross the river.

Inwa VillageInwa
Inwa VillageInwa


6. Mingun Village

Normally boat trips to Mingun start at 9am and return at 13pm, or you can rent your own boat to take the time. Mingun is known for the Mungun ruins - with cracks from the earthquake, the Mingun bell tower and the Hsinbyume temple - the white temple. Mingun Village is located north of Mandalay City on the other side of the Ayeyawadi River. There are many stupas with the Mingun bell and the famous Chinthe statue, considered by the people as sacred treasures.

Mingun Village
Mingun Village


7. U Bein Wooden Bridge

U Bein Bridge is located in the suburb of Mandalay, Myanmar. The bridge was built in 1800 by the mayor of U Bein. Initially, this bridge was completely built of wood but then some pillars and bridges in flooded sections were replaced with concrete pillars to ensure the safety of the passengers.

Sunset Over U Bein Wooden Bridge
Sunset Over U Bein Wooden Bridge

U Bein Bridge is the most beautiful sunset in the evening, the impressive image of the brilliant yellow orange sunset over the bridge, through the wooden stakes perhaps this will be the most beautiful sight of Myanmar. U Bein Bridge was chosen as one of the places to watch beautiful sunset in the world.
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