Mandalay is the center of Burmese culture it was outstanding in the past, it holds the stage now, and will continue to have a pride of place in the future. The old lure and the old magic still persist and draw.
The place dates from the middle of the 19 th century. It is the most Burmese city in Myanmar. Mandalay is nothing without its Buddhism, its thousands of phongyis—the yellow-clad members of the Buddhist clergy – its monasteries and its famous pagodas. Yangon may be many things, but Mandalay is Myanmar’s cultural heart center.
Mandalay is a rich city, that is, rich in historical memories as the last capital before the British annexed the whole country and also rich in monuments relating to Buddhism, perhaps, the richest next to Bagan (formerly known as Pagan).