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Mingun, From Mandalay 11 km up the Ayeyarwaddy river. 45-minute boat trip to Mingun is very pleasant with plenty of life on the river to see. It is the site of two famous monuments – the Mingun Pahtodawgyi (unfinished pagoda) and the Mya Theindan Pagoda.

Interesting Places in Mingun

  • Mingun Pahtodawgyi Pagoda

The Mingun Pahtodawgyi is one of the famous monuments in the world. It is also known as the world’s largest unfinished pagoda.10 kilometers from Mandalay. Build in 1791 which was intentionally left unfinished.Stopped at 49 meters height. If the constrution had been completed, it would have been the largest in the world at 150 meters. There are all together 174 steps to climb to the top.

The scenery is marvelous from the top of the Pagoda. Natural scenic beauty of Ayeyarwaddy river and green and pleasant Mingun Hill.Pagoda was badly damaged with cracks by the earthquake of 1839 Mingun Bell A big bronze bell near the Mingun Pahtodawgyi in 1808. King Bodawpaya dedicated to construct a gigantic Pagoda, a gigantic bell and a gigantic lion during his reign.

The Mingun Bell is one of the world’s largest ringing bells dated A.D 2000.The weight of the bell is 55,555 viss (90 tons) and about 13 feet tall.. The Mingun Bell was knocked off its supports by the earthquake of 1839.

  • Mya Theindan Pagoda
  • Mingun Home for the Aged

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 centres and monuments of historical and cultural importance. A boat trip to Mingun is pleasant with plenty of life on the river to see. It is about 11 miles from Sagaing and you can reach there by road.

It takes about 30 minutes. And you can also travel to Mingun from Mandalay but you can get there by road. It is about 7 miles up river from Mandalay and you can accessible only by boat. Via Gawwein jetty. 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. You can study Myanmar arts and crafts of Kongbaung period in Mingun Pahtodawgyi. King Bodawpaya built Mingun Pahtodawgyi aiming to worship from Shwebo in the distance where he has ascended the throne.

The pagoda was left unfinished. Two enormous prominent statues of lions in Mingun, one of the tourist atttractions is at the east stairway of Pahtodawgyi which faces the Ayeyawaddy river.From here, you can also enjoy natural scenic beauty of Ayeyawady river and green and pleasant Minwun hill. If this pagoda been completed, then it would have been the largest monument.

This unfinished structure was badly damaged with cracks by the earthquake of 1838 but it is still the largest brick base in the world. King Bodawpaya dedicated a big bronze bell near the Mingun Cedi at Mingun on the west bank of the Ayeyawaddy River, facing Mandalay. 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, one mit (6 inches) and four thits in circumference and 13 cubits, one mit and four thits in height. It weighs 55555 viss (90,718 kilograms or 199,999 pounds). It is the world’s biggest ringing bell.

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