In 1790 Bodawpaya had a gigantic bell cast to go with his gigantic pagoda. Weighing 90 tons it is claimed to be the largest hung, uncracked bell in the world. The bell is about four metres high and over flve metres (15 feet) in diameter at the lip. You can scramble right inside it and some helpful bystander will give it a good thump so you can hear...more
The Mingun Bell should be the second largest in the world.The one in the Kremlin is the biggest (see my Moscow tips) but this one is much nicer.You can climb inside and let your friends bang the bell so that you come out (nearly deaf) with the resounding noice in your head for the rest of the dayThese are my feet you seemore
If King Bodawpaya had succeeded in his grandiose scheme Mingun might now have the world's largest pagoda. When Bodawpaya died in 1819 construction was abandoned. Each side of the enormous base measures 72 metres (235 feet) and the lowest terrace measures 140 metres (450 feet). There are projecting arches on each of the four sides.more
Not really a Must See tip.....My son and I had brought along a lot of NBA collector cards to hand out as small gifts for children. They seemed quite popular. This guy was quite happy to receive his. He said thank-you as we left. I am always torn about what to have for a small gift and whether or not even have something. It can lead to the kids...more
This is the gate that I mentioned in another tip. It isn't going to keep any invaders out but it does the job for keeping small animals out. At the end of this path you can see the main Jetty in Mingun. This is were you would land if you took the boat from Mandalay. So it's not that far of a walk to Mingun Paya. Most of the main sites of Mingun are...more
My son and I had a very Hot time in Mingun as we arrived in the afternoon when it was very hot! We climbed to the top via brick steps and the sun was beating down on them heating them up!! And guess what?? There was a sign saying take off your shoes! Yikes... Well we did it but it was quite painful.more
It would be very nice if I could stop each and every street vendor selling all kinds of Burmese Snack and fruits. You can easily find french crepes in Burma, very popular for breakfast, lunch and dinner. :-))Stop and buy some of the snack, I didnt buy because I need to catch up with my other friends. :-)more
Whistle.........Taxi....Taxi....!!!Hehe..Don't be surprised to find these Bullock carts as Taxi in Mingun. You can take the taxi from Mingun Paya to Hsinbyume Paya. Just a short distance, you can actually walk, but if you feel like sitting on a bullock cart, then go ahead and take pictures for rememberance.more
After a heavy breakfast in Mandalay city, off we went to this jetty along irrawaddy river to take a chartered boat trip to Mingun. Its about an hour boat and 11km ride to Mingun. The weather is pleasant with cold breeze and tend to get hot later, and our boat don't have a roof. Haha..more
In front of Mingun Paya under a tree. I had read in the LP guide book that the vendors here were pushy but we didn't experience that. Just the usual "Hello, Look at my store".
What to buy: You can get some locally grown peanuts and soft drinks, water and there are some souvenirs available too.
You see every girls, old and young Burmese ladies applied Tanaka on their cheeks. I find it very fascinating to see them with tanaka and sometimes with beautiful design of leaf, small whirls, round and heart-shaped. No wonder, all the women in Burma have the most beautiful complexion, no pimples or pigmentation. I have to try them :-))
Picture 1 : Nice complexion little girl
Picture 2 : In a hurry when applying tanaka, not so neat tanaka
Picture 3 : Tanaka is a piece of bark (sandalwood), grind with some water and apply in the skin. Can be bought in cream type too.
Can't find any proper jetty to board the boat. So watch out for :1. Steps going down the steep riverbank of Irrawaddy River. 2. Watch for poorly tied railings too, the railings might give way and you be a humpty dumpty rolling down..hehe..3. You need to walk along wooden planks to get to your boat. Very scary!!!more
This is where the pain begins!! ahahha If you make the mistake or at least have the bad timing that we had to start your walk to the top at the high sun of the day. You have to remove your shoes. If you want to go up I would recommend trying to be here in the morning.more
US$3 to enter the Sagaing - Mingun Archaelolgical Zone. It also gains you entrance to all of the areas Temples. You must keep the ticket with you at all times. But I was never asked to see mine. It is valid for 5 days. For most people 5 days would be sufficient to see the sites that the ticket covers.