was the last capital of Myanmar Kings and it still has great importance as a
cultural center in Myanmar (Burma). Surrounding with ancient capitals like
Inwa,Amarapura, picturesque Mingun and Sagaing Hill are waiting you in the land
we called central Myanmar (Burma). The unique way of Gold Leaf making in Myanmar
and local people apply these gold to Great Mahar Muni Pagoda in Mandalay will
greets you How pious Myanmar people are? importance as a cultural
center.Historically, it is the most Myanmar of the country’s large cities, a
place where you’ll come close to the ‘heart’ of Myanmar. Mandalay still has
cultural and religious significance and its Buddhist monasteries are among the
most important in the country- about 60% of all the monks in Myanmar reside in
the Mandalay area.
Reasons to visit
Mandalay, roughly 66 square kilometers in area, and with a
population of 880,000 is second only to Yangon in size and importance and about
622 kilometers due north of Yangon. The only surviving example of this type of
architecture, with magnificent wood-carving embellishing the whole structure was
destroyed and lost forever, creating a definite and painful void.
Shwe Nandaw Kyaung Temple
Within the grounds is the sole remaining building of the
once sumptuous moated palace. King Mindun's former apartment, built mainly of
teak, is decorated with beautifully carved panels and a photograph of the
Atumashi Kyaung Monastery, destroyed by fire in 1890.
The 'Great Pagoda' houses the revered Mahumuni image. The
image was brought from Rakhine in 1784, and is thickly covered in gold leaf from
years of worship by devout Buddhists.
Built in 1847 and covered in gold leaf.
Contains the original Buddha image consecrated by Prince
Minshinzaw during the Bagan period.
Stairways lead up to temples and a panoramic view.
Shweyattaw Buddha - Close to the hill. The statue's outstretched finger points
towards the city. Mandalay's abandoned cities There are several abandoned former
capitals around Mandalay.
Some 11km south of Mandalay. It became the capital of the
Konbaung Dynasty in 1783 during the reign of King Bodawpaya. Places of interest
are Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, U Bein Bridge across the Taungthaman Lake, Kyauktawgyi
Pagoda, Nagayon Pagoda, Mahagandayone Monastery and cotton and silkweaving
Known as the Kingdom of Inwa during the Second Myanmar
Empire, today it is a small town south of Amarapura. The sights to see in In-wa
include Nanmyint Watch Tower, Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, Bagaya Monastery,
the lacquerware factory and Inwa Bridge spanning the Ayeyarwad River.
Once an ancient capital, Sagaing lies 21km south west of
the Ayeyarwad River. The Sagaing Hills are dotted with pagodas and there are
over 500 monasteries, a retreat for some 6000 monks and nuns. Soon U Ponya Shin
Pagoda, Kaung Hmudaw Pagoda (a copy of the Mahaceti Pagoda in Sri Lanka), and
Ywahtaung village (home of the silversmiths' guild) are places worth visiting.
A delightful river trip from Mandalay is required to get to
this marvelous unfinished temple. Famous for the 90-ton Mingun Bell, supposedly
the largest hung bell in the world, it was cast in 1790 on the orders of King
Bodawpaya, who wished for it to be installed at the top of his planned giant 150
metre-high pagoda. Due to the king's death in 1819, however, the pagoda was
Pyin Oo Lwin
The former British hill station of Maymyo, 67 km east of
Mandalay, stands about 1,000 meters above sea level. Though the town was damaged
during World War II, several of the old English houses were spared. This is also
the centre for Myanmar's small but burgeoning new coffee industry.
Bamboo Products,Coconut Masks,Folk Dolls,Gold
Leaf,Gold Embroidery,Jewellery,Jewels,Kalaga Embroidered
Tapestries,Lacquerware,Leather Crafts,Longyi,Shan Style Shoulder
Bags,Silverware,Stone Carvings,Teakwood Furniture,Traditional Puppets,Tribal
Kason Festival,Famous Pagodas festivals,Shwe set taw Pagoda
festival,Shwezigon Pagoda festival,Taung Pyone Nat Festivals,Kyauk Se Elephant
dance festival .