Amazing Things to Do & See in Mandalay
Dates to 19th century, Mandalay served as the last Royal Capital along with rich history. Sits on the bank of east Irrawaddy River, Mandalay nestles among the jungle and hills, and today Mandalay is the second vast, important economic city in Myanmar populated by more than 6 millions of mix indigenous groups including Chinese, Indian, Kayin, Kayah, Chin, Pao, Mon and Shan. Mandalay comprehensively houses many impressive monuments and religious pagodas. From the significant massive Mingun bell, Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mahamyatmuni & Kuthodaw Pagodas to Royal Palace, Mandalay has much more to explore such as pottery & silk weaving villages, marble/wood carving workshops, the breathtaking sunset boat over Irrawaddy River, wandering at Zegyo Market and climbing up the Mandalay Hill to grab the stunning views of the surroundings while U Bein bridge is the best photogenic spot when the sun sets down at horizon.
The largest river and the most significant commercial waterway in the country, which extensively stretches 2210km long from north to south, across Mandalay, Bagan, Yangon into the Andaman Sea. Boats and cruise ships cluster at Irrawaddy River, provide wonderful journeys to observe the rich Irrawaddy Region, natural beauty, fascinating landscapes of mountains, forests, ancient Bagan and Mandalay hills, and a lot of chances to witness Burmese livelihood, interesting river activities, and Myanmar’s wonders and by a luck to spot Irrawaddy Dolphins.
Near Mandalay Hill & Royal Palace, Shwenandaw Buddhist teak monastery features intricately carved motifs, walls, roofs and mystical creatures, and it’s one of the finest samples of Myanmar arts. The worth visit to Shwenandaw Monastery is always admired by Atumashi Monastery (Maha Atulawaiyan) – a historical monastery which dates to 19th century.
In gold paintjob and with 57m high, Kuthodaw Pagoda is one of the mustsee tourist attractions in Mandalay, built in 19th century at the foot of Mandalay Hill and surrounded by hundreds of notable white shrines along with 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddhist texts and it’s regarded as one of the World’s Largest Book.
One of attractive tourist places in Myanmar, Mandalay Hill provides a great hiking experience with 1729 steps all the way up to the summit which is truly admired by Su Taung Pyae Pagoda and two large lion guardians. It’s a pleasant place for breathtaking, which you can capture beautiful sunset and take amazing panoramic view of Manalay City.
U Bein Bridge
Locates in the Old Capital “Amarapura” of Myanmar, the attractive U Bein Bridge is considered as the longest teakwood bridge in the world, which spans across Taung Tha Man Lake dotting with fishermen boats and it’s a nice place to catch a local boat to view the tranquil surroundings and especially take the wonderful reflection of the sunset.
Mandalay Royal Palace
The last Burmese monarchy and served as the king residence which was built in 19th century during the reign of King Mindon and King Thibaw. The historical complex is encouraged by walls, gates and turrets, and it’s surrounded by moat and houses different traditional styles of buildings including a Buddhist monastery, a library, throne halls, audience halls, a tooth relic building, a watchtower and a Supreme Court building.
Shwe In Bin Monastery
The Buddhist teakwood was built in 19th century by Chinese Burmese couple, the complex features the impressive intricately carved exterior and tiered roof. Shwe In Bin Monastery is among Mandalay’s tourist attractions which should be considered for a worth visit to Mandalay if you attempt to observe Jade Market.
This is an interesting place specializing in jade crafting, where you will see trade activities of Jade comes alive between craftsmen and Kachin people sell their pieces of raw jades. If you’re fond of jade productions and desire to purchase them as souvenirs, this is the best place in Myanmar to stroll around and bargain for the ones you love.
Situates in the heart of Mandalay and near Mandalay Royal Palace, Zegyo Market is the most important and enormous local market of Mandalay which offers a wide range of local productions including spices, grains, cotton, tobacco, meats, flowers, fruits, clothes and silk fabrics. It’s one of the major attractive tourist places to visit as well as the best market for shopping quality souvenirs such as jewelry and handicrafts in affordable prices, and witness interesting daily life of vendors and buyers. Strolling and tasting various fresh fruits and local food are truly maximized your travel experience while considering to grab some beautiful souvenirs.
Eain Daw Yar Pagoda
This sacred Buddhist pagoda is impressively gilt in Burmese traditional religious design arises 35m from the ground and was constructed by King Pagan Min in 19th century. It’s one of famous Burmese pagodas to which you should pay a worth visit when you do shopping in Zegyo Market.
Hsinbyume was derived from the name of Princess Hsinbyume that was the wife of King Bagyidaw who ascended the throne in 1819. The pagoda is totally impressive with its white structure adorned with seven concentric terraces which represent to Mount Meru related to Buddhist mythology. Locates in Mingun town in Sagaing Region and on the west bank of Irrawaddy River, Hsinbyume Pagoda can be reached by a local boat that provides a pleasant excursion over Irrawaddy River and a worth visit always admired by Mingun Pahtodawgyi which is an interesting abandoned and unfinished stupa, and along with Mingun Bell that is the largest and heaviest bell in the world.
About 21km from Mandalay, Inwa or Ava was the old capital of Myanmar which covered a series of Burmese Kingdoms from 14th to 19th century and situates at the banks of Myitnge & Irrawaddy Rivers. Inwa is one of Mayanmar major tourist destinations in Mandalay, provides a great experience to unlock Inwa historical kingdoms and the region is truly admired by the impressive architecture of Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery, the teak wooden Bagaya Kyaung Monastery with intricate carvings, old watchtower and stop by to see Thabyedan Fort and take some photos of 19th-century Ava bridge which spans Sagaing region to Inwa Capital.
Mahamuni Buddha Temple
Centrally situates in downtown Mandalay, about 6km from Mandalay Palace and close to The Ananda Pagoda, Mahamuni Buddha Temple houses Mahamuni Buddha statue pasted with thick gold leaf which is the most sacred pilgrimage site in Myanmar, where Buddhist followers primarily held ritual practices and celebrate religious ceremonies, especially the Buddha washing ritual can be seen daily during the dawn. It’s one of nice tourist places in the region that you can actually witness Buddha history and legend.
Amarapura Silk Weaving
Thein Nyo is the most famous silk and cottage weaving in the country and it’s a great worth visit to witness Burmese traditional silk process methods from raw materials to the finest completed productions. The orientation provides a fantastic sight to interact with local people whose hands active with weaving looms, particularly learn how traditional Longyi customs are made while observing variety of beautiful silk and cotton productions. It’s one of the major tourist attractions which locates near the bank of Irrawaddy River in the old capital of Amarapura and around 14km from downtown Mandalay, Thein Nyo Silk & Cotton Weaving is the best place to purchase beautiful silk & cotton clothes, fabrics and others with affordable prices.
A village stands on the bank of Irrawaddy River despite it is very far from Mandalay and difficult to reach by overland but it’s accessible by water. Yandabo Village is a special place that skillfully crafts in clay pottery with unique methods, the untouched village dotting with stilt cottages and it houses friendly villagers who love to share their life story, culture and traditions with tourists and a pleasant place that you can truly observe the finest clay artisans while witnessing their lifestyle, culture, custom, pottery process and other interesting daily activities.
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