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Places in Mandalay

Pagodas and Temples

  • Maha Myat Muni Pagoda
  • Mandalay Hill
  • Nga Yant Min Cave & Yankin Hill
  • Kuthodaw Pagoda
  • Sandamuni Pagoda
  • Kyauktawgyi Pagoda
  • Buddha Tooth Relic Pagoda
  • Shwekyimyint Pagoda
  • Setkyathiha Pagoda
  • Eindawya Pagoda
  • Shwesayan Pagoda


  • Mandalay Palace
  • Mandalay Palace Moat and Wall


  • Atumashi Monastery
  • Shwenandaw Monastery
  • Shweinbin Monastery

Workshops and Industries

  • Bronze Casting Workshop
  • Gold Leaf Making Industry
  • Stone Carving Workshop
  • Tapestry Workshop
  • Wood Carving Workshop
  • Yandabo Pot Making Village

More Attractions

  • Zay Cho Market
  • Gaw Wein Jetty
  • Kandawgyi Lake
  • Zoological Garden

Mandalay, as the center of Myanmar culture, was outstanding in the past, it holds the stage now; and it will continue to be a place of pride in the future. It is situated about 600 kilometers north of Yangon on the Ayeyarwaddy river, is, with about half a Million inhabitants Myanmar’s second largest city. Mandalay is the historical old capital, a capital of Myanmar culture, Buddhist Sasana and Myanmar traditional arts and crafts, with the life span of one hundred and forty two years, a city which abounds in historical sites, cultural memorials and Buddhist edifices. Accordingly, it is the richest historical landmark next to Bagan.Despite the wonderful sound of its name, inviting associations to an archaic fairy tale kingdom, Mandalay is neither very old nor particularly beautiful.

The capital of Myanmar Last Kingdom and of Myanmar Kings, is situated in Central Myanmar 668 km north of Yangon. It was founded by King Mindon in 1857 and remained to be the official seat of Myanmar Kings until it was occupied by the British in 1885 and designated Yangon as capital.

It is the largest city after Yangon and is both a bustling commercial center and a repository of rich cultural heritage. With the remains of the old Royal City and many old monasteries, Mandalay is a showcase for Myanmar art and architecture of the 19th century. It is also noted for woodcarvings, silverware, tapestries, silk, and other products of traditional handicraft. It has links to all parts of the country by rail, road, river and air.

Location Mandalay Division is situated in central Myanmar, adjoining Sagaing Division in the north, Shan State in the east, Bago Division and Kayin State in the south, and Sagaing and Magway Divisions in the west. The area of Mandalay Division is 14,295 square miles. Population Mandalay Division is the second most populous division in Myanmar with 6,442,000 residents. The average population density is 424 persons per square mile.

Inhabitants The majority of the population is Bamar. There are also a small number of Shan, Danu, Lisu and Palaung residing on the eastern plateau. Small populations of Leway and Pyinmana live in the Plain Chin (Asho Chin) region.

National races such as Kachin, Kayin and Chin also live in the division. Religion Most of the people follow Buddhism, and there are also Hindus, Muslims and Christians. Dialects Myanmar language is mainly spoken.

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

In Mandalay many revered Buddha image. It was cast in the life-span of Lord Buddha in the seated posture of relaxed deportment, namely Bumi Phasa Mudras, symbolic of His Conquest of Mara. The Height of the Maha Muni Buddha Image is 8 Cubits and 1 Maik (3.83m). The altar is 2.13m high.

There, 2 bronze Siamese images, 3 bronze lion images and 1 bronze three headed. Whoever visits Mandalay from local areas or from abroad unfailingly come and pay homage to the Maha Muni Buddha Image. The Buddha Images, representing various countries where Buddhism prospers well, and the Buddha Images revered through successive eras are exhibited in the forms of photographs, paintings and sculptures.

Not only Buddhists but also foreigners studying Buddhism pay a visit to this museum. On the left side of the eastern passage, in the precinct of the pagoda, is the Sanctuary Pond of Tortoises and on the right side, the Sanctuary Pond of Fish.

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