Kuthodaw Paya, Mandalay

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    The world's largest book!

    by Belsaita Written Feb 5, 2015

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    The Kuthodaw Paya (Pagoda), or Maha Lawka Marazein Paya, contains what often is called the world's largest book. It is a large walled complex situated at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill and was built by King Mindon at the same time he was constructing the Royal Palace. Its central stupa is modeled on the Shwezigon at Nyaung U near Bagan.

    But, why The Paya is known as "The world's largest book"? The main stupa is surrounded by 729 white pavilions, each one containing a marble-slab with pages of the 15 books of the Tripadaya (the Canon of Theravada Buddhism), so every slab contains one page of the Canon.

    A few of the pavillions containing themarble-slabs Kuthodaw Paya main stupa Kuthodaw Paya
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    The worlds biggest book - 1

    by stevemt Written Feb 25, 2012

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    This compound is special, and a must visit in Mandalay.

    It really is the worlds biggest book.

    The compound is huge and takes a while to get around.

    It's obvious that there is constant maintenance going on here as the pure white of the small pagoda's quickly gets dirty and needs a repaint.

    Entrance stone The gated tablets.

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    Largest book in the world.

    by euzkadi Updated Jun 3, 2010

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    Located at the foot of Mandaly Hill, the Kuthodaw Paya (Mahalawka Marazein Kuthodaw Pagoda) complex is one of the most interesting places in the city. The Paya was built during the reign of the Mindon Kingdom. The main Pagoda was modelled after the Shwezagon Paya at Nyaung-U (near Bagan). The paya is surrounded by 729 pavillions containing marble-slabs with pages of the 15 books of the Tripadaya (the Canon of Theravada Buddhism), so every slab contains one page of the Canon. The Mindon Min king convened the 5th Buddhist synod in 1871 using 2,400 monks to read the whole book, and decided to have set in stone the Tripadaya for posterity. . The complex were looted during British annexation, and was restored around 1900.

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    Kuthodaw Paya - temple of the book

    by thedouglas Written Apr 21, 2007

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    There are 729 marble slabs or tablets at this temple, inscribing the entire Tripitaka, which is the Buddhist canon. In 1900, the original paper version of the stone edition was reproduced in 38 volumes of about 400 pages per volume - and it took roughly 45 years for this to be completed.

    This compound of small stupas was amazing - the idea that it actually represented a book was quite astonishing really.

    A book? Magnified pages?
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    Kuthodaw Pagoda: World's largest book (2)

    by hydronetta Written Jan 4, 2007

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    Each shrine contains a marble slab, inscribed on both sides with the Pali script text of a portion the Tipitaka ( Theravada Buddhism’s sacred texts). Taken together, they contain the entire text of the Tipitaka and thus form “the world’s largest book.” The work of carving began in 1860 and lasted for 9 years.
    Each slab is 1.5 m by 1.1 m wide and 12.7 – 15 cm thick. If spread out horizontally, the slabs would cover a third of an acre, stacked vertically, the ‘pages’ would rise 103 m. Originally the lettering also had a gold leaf veneer.
    It is mentioned that reading Tipitaka for 8 hours per day, one should need more than a year to complete the text!!!

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    Kuthodaw Pagoda: World's largest book (1)

    by hydronetta Written Jan 4, 2007

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    The Kuthodaw Pagoda is often called the world’s largest book.
    It is a large walled complex situated at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill and was built by King Mindon at the same time he was constructing the Royal Palace.
    It's a colorful place to stroll in with a most celebrated Buddha image and an impossing central gilded stupa. Its central stupa is modeled on the Shwezigon at Bagan and it's connected to the outside entry by means of a long corridor, is set in the middle of a thirteen acre field of 729 pitaka pagodas or shrines.

    central stupa entrance the corridor Buddha image pagoda's miniature

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    Book megalomania

    by vodolaz Updated Jul 18, 2006

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    Tripithaka - the name of this miracle in Kutodaw paya. Buddhist Canon ( don`t confuse with cannon , please ).
    729 stone " pages " on Pali language , so I didn`t read . In my childhood I even couldn`t read to the end " War and Peace " by count Tolstoy , so what about 38 volumes on paper with 400 pages in each ! Poor count Tolstoy ... and Gogol` couldn`t finish his second volume of the " Dead souls " ..
    Ananda , Mahakashyapa and Mahamaudjliaana got ahead...
    Justifiably , there were three of them , and Buddha helped them after all.

    sunset over book pages 167-215 pages 313-365 truck full of readers
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    El libro mas grande - The biggest book

    by elpariente Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    Otra vez aparece algo que es lo mas grande del mundo y esto no hace mas que demostrar lo importante que fue la cultura y la civilizacion en esta parte del mundo.
    Aqui tienen el libro mas grande del mundo que esta tallado en 729 losas de marmol que se guardan en sus estupas y contienen todo el Tripitaka (Los tres cestos) que son las escrituras clasicas budistas y estan formadas por : La Disciplina Monastica, Discursos de Buda y Filosofia Budista

    Again appears something that is the biggest on the world and this only comfirms how important was the culture and civilization on this part of the world
    Here they have the biggest book on the world that is carved on 729 marble slabs that are kept on their stupas and they content all the Tripitaka (The three baskets) that are the classic Buddhist scriptures formed by : Monastic discipline, Discourses of the Buddha and Buddhist Philosophy

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    Small white Pavillions. Slab inscription detail.

    by euzkadi Written Jun 3, 2010

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    The original stone slabs in sanskrit were built in white Sagyin Hill marble painted in gold, but after the restoration they decided to paint them in black for easy reading.

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    Big Buddha at Kuthodaw Paya

    by herzog63 Written Apr 12, 2003

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    You can see the Buddha that is done in traditional Burmese style at the end of the main entrance hallway. It is also a cool place to duck out of the sun if your there at 2:30 PM like we were! LOL

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    Kuthodaw Paya - World's Biggest Book

    by herzog63 Updated Apr 12, 2003

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    This is the main Stupa of Kuthodaw Paya. It is beautiful to se the Golden spire rise up into the sky. On the grounds there are 729 other small stupas each housing a page of the World's Biggest Book!

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