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Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar is situated about 600 kilometers north of Yangon on the Ayeyarwaddy River in central Myanmar. Is an important Buddhist religious centre, and it is the home of large numbers of monks. The previous official name was Yadanabon, that means the city of gems. It was the last Capital of Myanmar Kingdom and occupied by the British in 1885. Mandalay is the center of Myanmar Culture.
Is the most significant of Mandalays historic buildings, Famous for its intricate wood-carvings, this monastery is a fragile reminder of the old Mandalay Palace. Actually, it was built inside Mandalay Palace but King Thibaw moved it and turned into monastery in 1880. The Shwenandaw is a wonderfully fragile yet grand example of 19th century Burmese teak architecture and also a significant masterpiece of the wood-carvers art.The Mahamuni Paya is the holiest temple of Mandalay. And is regularly visited by devout Buddhists throughout Myanmar. Is 40 km north of Mrauk U and about 10 km east of the farm town of Kyauktaw, originally built in 1784 and almost completely rebuilt after a fire in 1884, the famous Mahamuni Buddha, is a huge and very old bronze image. Rakhine kings believed provided supernatural protection for their sucessive Kingdoms. Here, you see the faithful applying gifts of gold leaf on the body of the Buddha image. In this pagoda, woman are not allowed to touch the Buddha and have to sit in a separate place. More...
The next day we ask our local taxi driver to show as a little of the culture and way of living, So he take as to a factory where they show handmade handicrafts, Historically Burmese art was based on Buddhist and Hindu cosmology and myths In addition to the traditional arts are silk weaving, pottery, tapestry making and gemstone engraving, Food is cheap in Myanmar and is a cross between Chinese and Indian but is not so many Varieties compare with another countries in southeast Asia.
Mandalay Hill is the landmark of the City, The Shweyattaw Buddha image is located approximately half way up to Mandalay Hill is a large golden standing statue of the Buzddha commissioned by King Mindon. According to the legend Buddha visited to the top of the Hill he stretched out his hand to the plain below and prophesied that a great city and religious center would be founded at its base. Mandalay Hill is 236 m high and situated just northeast of the City On top of the hill you see a magnificent view of the city and surrounding countryside. On the top you see also the Sutaungpyai pagoda that is build by the great builder of Bagan, King Anawratha, in 1052. This â€œwish-grantingâ€ pagoda was often renovated by its patrons, the Konbaung kings, in later years. More...
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