Mandalay Division Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by Avieira67
  • Things to Do
    by Avieira67
  • Things to Do
    by Avieira67

Mandalay Division Things to Do

  • Mandalay Hill

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 was actually so cute we did not have the heart to get rid of her. The climb up involved lots of stairs. It was hot and tiring, but there were lots of...

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  • Ananda Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    The stucco and other features of the temple were restored in the late 18th century in the Middle Konbaung Era style and on the temple's 900th anniversary in 1990, the temple spires were gilded. The exterior is whitewashed from time to time. ix terraces rise pyramid-like to the central tower. The lower terraces have a complete numbered set of 537...

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  • Shwenandaw Kyaung (Teak Temple)

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 that survived the destruction of the city. The central building was built on tail poles and was constructed with teak wood, it´s surrounded by a...

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  • Gubyaukgyi temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    Gubyaukgyi Temple (Wetkyi-in)Close to Wetkyi-in village, this 13th-century 'cave temple' has an Indian-style spire like the Mahabodhi Pagoda in Bagan. It is interesting for the fine frescoes of scenes from the jatakas. There is another temple of the same name in Myinkaba, and to distinguish between theses two, this monument is sometimes called...

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  • Amarapura / U Bein bridge

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 shaded huts if you want to escape from the strong sun.

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  • Shwesandaw Paya

    Bagan Things to Do

    And finally Shwesandaw, the most famous viewpoint of Bagan. A pyramid-style pagoda with five terraces leading to the circular top. King Anawratha built this temple in the middle of it´s kingdom. Be prepared to meet all the hawkers of Bagan, also lots of tourists, but besides that the views are great.

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  • Mahamuni (Big) Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 monks here wash the face of the image and clean it's teeth, you can witness this but you have to be there bloody early. The entrance hall houses a...

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  • Sunset

    Bagan Things to Do

    When to go: I stayed in Nyaung U, the most distant of the three possible places to stay, but with just 5 km from Old Bagan still manageable. I always got up at 4:00, that leaves plenty of time to get to nearly every sunrise spot by bike before sunrise. Actually on the second day, it was even enough time to walk to Shwesandaw Paya, since, yes, I...

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  • Palace Complex / Fort

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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, looting and burning this palace, forcing the Burmese King and Queen into exile in India. The palace was built between 1857 and 1859 by King Mindon....

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  • Gaw Daw Palin temple, Old Bagan

    Bagan Things to Do

    This large temple was built by King Nantaungmya in 1218. The temple is known to be the last Myanmar Style temple built in Bagan. The name is a misreading of the Pali word for 'Blessings of the Three Worlds'. King Nantaungmya erected the temple on this spot because it was here that he was chosen, from among five brothers, to be the crown prince....

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  • Mingun Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 Bodawpaya in 1790. Thousand of slaves laboured to build the massive construction. The temple was not completed, due to an astronomer claiming that,...

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  • Shwezigon Paya

    Bagan Things to Do

    The king built Shwezigon to be a massive reliquary to enshrine a collection of relics, including the Buddha's frontal and collar bones, a copy of the tooth relic at Kandy, Sri Lanka, and an emerald Buddha image from China. Legend has it that the site of Shwezigon was chosen by a white elephant. Probably the most significant aspect of Shwezigon's...

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  • Kuthodaw Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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.

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  • Dhammayangyi Pahto

    Bagan Things to Do

    This huge temple is visible from all Bagan, and is the largest temple in the site, it´s also known as the bad luck temple. It was built in the 12th century in the similar style of Ananda but it could never been completed, because the builder King Narathu was assasinated inside the temple. There´s a western shrine featuring two original side by side...

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  • Sandamani (Sanda Muni) Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 in the nineteenth century”), is located to the southeast of Mandalay Hill and looks similar to nearby Kuthodaw pagoda because of the large number of...

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  • Thatbyinnyu Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    This monument, built in the 12th century by King Alaungsithu, is a transitional temple, standing between the Early Style of the Ananda and the Late Style of the Gawdawpalin. It is one of the earliest double-storeyed temples.

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  • Zeigyo (Central Market)

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 clothes wearing traditional thannaka on their faces, as protection against the sun, sat on the roads. Everywhere was crowded, chaotic and colourful.

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  • Dhammayazika Pagoda

    Bagan Things to Do

    Dhammayazika is one of my favourites. The huge golden pagoda is surrounded by a parklike walled area with plenty of colourful flowers and shady trees, that you will enjoy after a long ride through the dusty area under the burning sun. The topfloor terrace is open to the public and offers a great view over the close ring of hundreds of small pagodas...

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  • Ayearawaddy River

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 bustling activity. It was fascinating and great for photos.

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  • Manuha Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    Located in the town of Myinkaba, this temple was built by King Manuha (the Mon king from Thaton) held in prision by King Anawhrata. The temple contains four of the most impressive Buddha images i´ve seen in Myanmar. In the front there are three seated Buddhas all trapped in their small enclosures. The back of the temple contains a huge reclining...

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  • Kyauktawgyi Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 Pagoda however is interesting. There are little stalls here along with craftsmen doing wood carving etc. Very interesting.

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  • Mahabodhi Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    Modelled after the Mahabodhi paya in Bodhgaya, India, this temple was built during the reign of King Namtaungmya (1215-1234). The temple, a 140 foot high structure built in brick and whitewashed stucco, consists of a large square pyramidal tower, very ornamented with niches containing 450 Buddha statues and topped by a spire and an umbrella. Very...

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  • Jade Market

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 serves as a local source of the product. Myanmar jade is generally regarded as the best in the world, and I have no doubt that the dusty, dull goodies on...

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  • Sulamani Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    Sulamani Pagoda meaning "Crowning Jewel", was built in 1181 by King Narapati Sithu, who reigned from 1174 to 1211.Combining the horizontal planes of the Early period with the vertical lines of the Middle, the temple features two storeys standing on broad terraces assembled to create a pyramid effect. The brickwork throughout is considered some of...

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  • Entrance fees / Mandalay Ticket

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 admittance to the following Atumashi Kyaung / Cultural Museum, Mandalay / Kuthodaw Paya / Mahamuni Paya / Mandalay Palace / Palek Paya / Shwenandaw...

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  • Balloon Trips

    Bagan Things to Do

    Bagan is the land of 10,000 temples. Everywhere you look, large and small houses of worship cover the dry, dusty landscape. Most of them no longer are actively used, but all hold the ancient architectural style of the region. A great way to start the early morning is either watching or being in a hot air balloon. I’m not sure how the custom...

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  • Clock Tower

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 English love a clocktower. This may be true, but a closer look at the design of the thing reveals a rather pleasing mix of the traditional Western...

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  • Nanpaya Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    This 11th century temple was built by Prince Naga Thaman in the Gu (cave) style. It was used once as a prision for King Manuha (the grand father of the prince). The interior of the temple it´s amazing, stone carving windows from the earlier Bagan period give a little light to enjoy the beautiful carvings of the four stone pillars, carved with...

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  • Myanmar Traditional Dance Show

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 illuminated tropical park of the Mandalay Hill Resort. During the show Dinner and drinks are served. It`s abolutely worth the money and costs about USD 25,-,...

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  • Tayok Pye Paya

    Bagan Things to Do

    This two storey temple built by king Narathihapate was my first encounter with the magnificence of bagan. I spent more than an hour enjoying the views of the fileds, temples and payas from the four sides of it´s upper level. It has some stone plates intended to receive the jatakas, that i didn´t see in other temples.

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  • Cultural Museum

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 one (see seperate tip). Please note that the entry fee on the Government website provided is incorrect. Had I been asked to pay, I would have felt...

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  • Htilominlo Pahto

    Bagan Things to Do

    This temple was built in 1218 by King Nantanungmya, after he was chosen in this spot amongst five brothers to be crowned prince. The temple contains some beautiful carvings, some murals and four big golden Buddha statues.

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  • Pondaw Pagoda, Mingun

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 first invasion of hawkers started, which in fact in Mingun is the major annoyance. They won’t let you alone until you buy something.

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  • Bupaya

    Bagan Things to Do

    This temple located on the shores of the Ayeyarwaddy river was the oldest construction in Bagan. It was built in the Pyu style, but was completely destroyed by the 1975 earthquake. The actual building is a reconstruction. Nice views of the river, it has some stalls selling food around, and a soccer field nearby where i enjoyed an exciting game.

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  • Shwekyimyint Paya

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 tourist hotels. Pre-dating the city itself by almost seven centuries, it contains the usual shrines and temples and several small ponds. There seemed to...

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  • Myauk Guni Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    Located south-west of Dhammayangyi this is just a minor temple that doesnt get much attention from tourists. Everywhere else this would be a major attraction sight, but not in Bagan. Here the temple listed as No.766 is just one under thousands..... From the top terrace you have a nice view on Dhammayangyi.

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  • Atumashi Kyaung

    Mandalay Things to Do

    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 wooden structure and considered one of Southeast Asia’s most magnificent buildings. It originally contained a very large image of the Buddha made from...

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  • Shwegugyi Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    Some hawkers are nice, yes they are following you all the time and some of them are annoying, but after some time they quit. I spoke spanish (some words) with these cute little girls specialized in Spanish tourism.

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  • Abeyadana Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    Abeyadana temple was built by King Kyanzittha during A.D 1102-1103 devoted for his wife whom he married while he was still a young warrior. Abeyadana means the "abandoned jewel"!! It is a temple of classical architecture with interesting paintings. The inner shrine contains a large, brick-built seated Buddha, but the fine frescoes are the main...

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  • Pyathadar (Pyathatgyi) Temple

    Bagan Things to Do

    This is another fantastic place which is never mentioned in LP. Not far away from Sulamani, this temple allows visitors to climb to the top to admire the paranomic view. At the second level there is a huge platform, hence it is not that crowded (unlike shwesandaw). When the sky starts to turn dark, caretaker will put candles along the staircases...

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  • Mingalazedi Temple.

    Bagan Things to Do

    Mingalarzedi pagoda built in 1277 by King Narathihapati, just outside the borders of Old Bagan and on the way to Myinkaba was under construction so access was denied. This temple is noted for its fine proportions and for the many beautiful glazed jataka tiles around its three square terraces which unfortunately couldn’t enjoy. Apart from that its...

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  • Horse and Cart travel

    Bagan Things to Do

    BAGAN When in Bagan I decided to hire a horse and cart instead of my usual bike hire...mainly because of the extreme heat . I had previously used bicycle hire but here I decided against it two fold..mainly because of the heat, and also to get stranded way out among the "chedis" as a German couple did I decided against it. The horse and cart was a...

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  • Gu Byak Nge temple.

    Bagan Things to Do

    This was the first temple I visited on my bicycle trip around, and it really set the tone for the following days. To reach it, travel out of Nyaung U on the "low" road (i.e. the one nearest the river) and it's well signposted after a couple of miles. Apparently, it's one of the older Bagan temples, and the spire was built in the style of the...

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  • Ahlodawpyae Paya

    Bagan Things to Do

    Wellknown as wish fulfilling pagoda. Before King Kyansittha reigned the Bagan Dynasty, he arrived the victory ground and made solemn wish to be the king. When his wish came true, he built Alodawpyae pagoda at that place.It is convinced that a great earthquake hit through the central area of Myanmar Naing- Ngan about 422 B.C.

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  • Upali Thein Ordination Hall

    Bagan Things to Do

    In the way of these things, you mught also find this place referred to as Upalithein. The name refers to a monk, and the building dates from the mid 13th century. Actually it is not a temple as such but an ordination hall for monks. It was also used for monks to make confession. I must admit I thought confession was only a Christian idea. When I...

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