Mandalay is the second largest city of Myanmar. The city emerged in 1857-59 by King Mindon. Main aim to create this city was to replace it as the country capital. Mandalay has the majority population of Buddhists. The most spoken language of Mandalay is Burmese and English is the third known language in the city. There are many impressive markets, Indian temples, mosques, workshops of gold, lots of monasteries and a lovely thriving culture like teahouse to explore. The local people are very friendly.
The places of attraction in Mandalay are as listed under:
Mandalay has the world’s largest book known as the Kuthodaw Pagoda. It comprises of 729 standing stone pages, each having its own exclusive stupa. Also, known as a Kyauksa gu. At the South entrance, is the covered walkway which leads you directly to the main stupa. Setting of the sun in the evening adds to the magnificence and creates an awesome picturesque effect for photos. The padoga has 15 books for teachings of Buddha, and each page is two meters tall and almost one meter wide.
Younger pagoda, Sandamuni Pagoda, just across the streets of Kuthadaw. The largest iron Buddha Statue, made with almost 41,000 pounds of iron. The whole area has 1774 shrines. Each shrine has a marble slab with teachings of Buddha inscribed on them. The language used on these slabs is Pali. The shrines here are arranged nearer to one another which make them congested but still provide an impressive view for the tourists.
The Mandalay Palace is much more than the royal residence. Palace comprises of glass Palace quarters, a military area and an audience hall which can be seen by tourists. In Myanmar, it is the last Burmese royal citadel to be built. Also there is a high watchtower which one should climb to get the view from the top of the surrounding area.
U Bein Bridge
Across the Taungthaman Lake, is the longest teak foot bridge called the U Bein Bridge at Mandalay. It is 1.2 kilometers long. If you want to capture the best shot then do visit the bridge during sunset. The reflection of the bridge in the lake is breathtaking making it an enjoyable experience. The fishermen offer boat rides to tourists on the lake around the bridge. Also the view during sunrise in summers is worth a watch with less crowd giving you ample time and peace. In Burma, it is one of the most photogenic location.
Shwenandaw Kyaung Temple
The most significant historic buildings in Mandalay. It is the last home and resting place of King Mindon who died in this structure in 1878. Earlier it was in the royal city but once the son of King Mindon realized that the spirit of king still haunted the place, it was ordered to be dismantled and removed from the royal city. then later it was reconstructed as a monastery in Mandalay. Later, it was moved piece by piece. And proves to be an example of the grand Burmese teak architecture.