Mandalay Things to Do

  • Palace Complex / Fort
    by Avieira67
  • Palace Complex / Fort
    by Avieira67
  • Palace Complex / Fort
    by Avieira67

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  • 1. Mandalay Hill

    4 out of 5 stars

    Our hotel was near the foot of Mandalay Hill so we began our sightseeing by climbing up this 240 metre high hill. A small Burmese girl attached herself to us, and though we did not want a guide, she...

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  • 2. Shwenandaw Kyaung (Teak Temple)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Known locally as the Teak Monastery, this interesting building once served as the royal apartments for King Mindon, later it was converted into a Buddhist Monastery. One of the few original buildings...

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  • 3. Amarapura / U Bein bridge

    A very impresssive construction of more than 200 years old, the bridge is one of the icons of Myanmar. It´s used by locals as a place to relax and socialise. A nice walk with great views; it has five...

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  • 4. Mahamuni (Big) Paya

    This buddha is said to be encased in gold leaf inches thick and I can believe it. Unlike most pagoda's only the men can get close to or actually touch the Buddha. Very early in the morning, the...

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  • 5. Kuthodaw Paya

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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...

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  • 6. Mingun Paya

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The main attraction of Mingun (and most probably of all the ancient cities around Madnalay) is the ruined Mingun Paya, an functioning Buddhist temple with the remains of a massive stupa begun by King...

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  • 7. Palace Complex / Fort

    I really wanted to visit this huge complex in the centre of Mandalay because I had just finished reading a book called The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. The book begins with British soldiers storming,...

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  • 8. Sandamani (Sanda Muni) Paya

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Sandamani pagoda , ( named so because it contains the largest iron Buddha, the “Sandamani”, a statue weighting 18.562 metric tons frequently moving around because of wars and the shift of capitals...

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  • 9. Zeigyo (Central Market)

    We took local transport to this market. The market mainly sold fruit and veg. It was very photogenic.Traffic, bicycles, delivery men travelled between stalls. Stall holders in tradional Burmese...

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  • 10. Jade Market

    This was a huge market, where dozens of vendors had their jade in various stages and grades of presentation were available for sale. The market is not frequently visited by tourists, and generally...

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  • 11. Ayearawaddy River

    Our map showed two viewing points over the river. We visited one on a Burmese style taxi. There was a little cafe at the top. On the river there were huts, wooden platforms, boats, horses and endless...

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  • 12. Kyauktawgyi Paya

    This pagoda, which is located at the bottom of Mandalay Hill, is home to a huge marble Buddha. The ret of the pagoda is not that inspiring, in fact it could do with a clean. The entrance to the...

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  • 13. Pondaw Pagoda, Mingun

    This white washed pagoda set by the riverbanks gives an idea of how Mingun gigantic pagoda intended to look like and has a nice entrance staircase with lions and lining figures. It was there when the...

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  • 14. Entrance fees / Mandalay Ticket

    This isn't really a thing to do, but I couldn't think of where else to place it. It concerns the so-called "combo ticket" which currently costs 10USD, paid direct to the Government, and gives...

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  • 15. Myanmar Traditional Dance Show

    There is a show " Dance from Dynasties", representing 1.000 years of History through dances, music & fashion,from the Bagan Dynasty to present. The show runs 3 times a week in the impressively...

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  • 16. Shwekyimyint Paya

    Shwekyimyint Paya is certainly not as grand as some of the other payas ina and around Mandaly, but it's a pleasant place to spend a little time. It also has the advantage of being near most of the...

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  • 17. Cultural Museum

    I popped into the Cultural Museum Mandalay basically because I was passing. It is supposed to be one of the places covered by the 10USD "combination ticket" but I wasn't asked for one - I didn't have...

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  • 18. Atumashi Kyaung

    The Atumashi Kyaung was originally built in 1857 by King Mindon who had founded his new capital of Upper Burma at Mandalay just a few years earlier in 1855. The original Atumashi was a magnificent...

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  • 19. Clock Tower

    Not so much a thing to do, as a thing you can't really avoid doing if you are "downtown". When I first came upon it, I thought it was totally incongruous and a throwback to British Imperial days - the...

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  • 20. THINK OF THE CHILDREN !! BRING A SMALL GIFT

    MANDALAY ..The day that I arrived in Mandalay I had to pinch myself. I thought !Mandalay.!..I'm here, I never would have beleived that I would one day be...

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  • 21. Kusinara Paya. Monk Statue.

    I´m not shure if i understood the explanation of the monk guide, but i think that this is the statue of the old monk who decided to change the decadence of the...

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  • 22. Kusinara Paya.

    One of Mandalay´s best kept secrets (i was the only visitor when i visited the temple), this interesting pagoda were used for a long time as a shelter for...

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  • 23. Stonecarver´s Road.

    Mandalay is well known for it´s arts and crafts. Located near the Mahamuni Paya, is the Craftmens Quarter. I visited a long street full of shops selling...

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  • 24. Maha Ganayon Kyaung.

    A compound of monasteries, is known as a center of monastic studies. It´s possible to visit almost all the buildings of the monastery and the monks are very...

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  • 25. HAVE A CUP OF TEA WITH THE LOCALS

    Most of my food while travelling throughout Asia is/was street food..There are just so many different things to eat and usually very cheap...IMPORTANTLY though...

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