Mandalay

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Top sights in Mandalay

Mandalay is one of Myanmar’s big cities, second to Yangon. It’s the former royal capital of the country and is home to a number of pagodas, temples, monasteries, and other Buddhist establishments. Many pilgrims and believers visit Mandalay to see the exquisite golden pagodas and brilliant Buddha sculptures that can only be found in this city. For the best things to do in Mandalay as well as places to visit, check this list here!

Mandalay Hill

Found on the northeast part of Mandalay is Mandalay Hill, a 240-meter high elevation filled with many monasteries and pagodas. It is a prominent pilgrimage destination for Burmese Buddhists because of this. Travelers and believers love climbing up the hill during the sunrise or sunset to bask in the warm glow at the top as well as revel in scenic views. On the peak of Mandalay Hill is Sutaungpyei Pagoda. For those who can’t climb, they can save time by riding a tuk-tuk.
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Kuthodaw Pagoda

Kuthodaw Pagoda is situated right at the foot of Mandalay Hill. This golden pagoda is known for holding the world’s largest book. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kuthodaw Pagoda has around 700 stone slabs of sacred Buddhist texts. Tourists and visitors would have to walk from building to building to read each one. Travel here when the weather is good, which is usually from November to May.
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Mahamuni Buddha Temple

The stunning and iconic Mahamuni Buddha Temple, located in the southwest area of Mandalay. It is arguably one of the most important temples in Myanmar, especially since the bronze Mahamuni Buddha statue can be found right here. The image, coated in gold leaf, is said to be from Arakan before it was transported to the temple. It is best to drop by this iconic destination during the months of March to May.
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Mandalay Palace

This interesting attraction is found right in the city of Mandalay and is the last royal residence of the last Burmese monarchy. It was built in the middle of 1957 and 1859 and is recognized for its brick-and-gold colors. The palace, one of the finest tourist attractions in Mandalay, has sprawling spaces to walk in as well as towers and mausoleums to visit. Mandalay Palace is found right beside a moat so the views that can be seen around here are the most scenic.
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