Traveling to Mandalay – The Ancient Capital of Myanmar

Near Hill Mandalay, is a temple, on which you can admire the city and surrounding rural areas.

Mandalay Palace and Mandalay situated on the top of the hill, at the foot of the mountain, you can still admire the palace was filled with an aura of the dynasty. Although the city is no longer being beautiful as before, it still remains the cultural and economic center of the country of Myanmar. Located on the banks of the Ayeyarwady River, we can still recognize the area occupied by the British colonial still remaining, including some of the ancient cities with so many distinct cultures. In this article, let’s check out the best places to visit in Mandalay, one of the top attractions in Myanmar.

Mandalay and Sagaing town become the center of Budhism in Myanmar.
Mandalay and Sagaing town become the center of Buddhism in Myanmar.

The last king of Burma has left many mourns to people in Myanmar. King Mindon of the Konbaung dynasty, reigned from 1853 – 1878, has built this capital away from the forests at the foot of Mandalay Hill. King Mindon was a very pious king, so the city of Mandalay and Sagaing town became the center of Buddhism in Myanmar, which is also the places where many temples and monasteries were built.

One of the highlights to visit in Mandalay day tours is Kuthodaw temple. This is where Buddhist scriptures are inscribed on 729 marbles, is regarded as the largest book in the world. A great legacy that King Midon left for mankind is Shwe Kyaung Temple. The palace was gilded both inside and outside, so, even though the gold outer layer is damaged, the inner layer of gold also could not be damaged. But the palace was destroyed during World War II, and another copy was reconstructed to simulate the palace. From the temple on the hilltop in Mandalay, visitors can enjoy the whole city from above. Mahamuni Pagoda is located in the south of the Palace, which contain the most valuable statue in Myanmar. The statue has a height of 4 meters and is covered by thin layers of gold of pilgrims visiting this pagoda and plated up.
The nearby capital Amarapura was once the capital of the kings. Now, this place has become the capital center and a place to gather many skilled artisans and craftsmen of Myanmar: casting, weaving, tapestry, carvings craftsmen and artisans… The U Bein bridge which is 1.2 km from the state capital, made of teak (1 of the hardest and firmest kinds if timber, used for shipbuilding), through the Taungthaman Lake. Right across the Myintge River, Inwa city is also served as one of the capitals of Myanmar. The city remains only some monasteries are in good condition and some of the walls of the old city.

U Bein bridge
U Bein bridge.

When boating on upstream of the river from Mandalay, visitors can enjoy the dolphins Ayeyarwady which are in danger of extinction. Then the boat will take you to Mingun, this is a large area and has an unfinished temple, this temple dating from the 18th century. If completed, the temple will become the largest temple in the world. Nearby, is the Mingun bell – the biggest hanging bell in the world and not have any cracks.
To escape from the hot plains of Mingun, you can go to the east of Mandalay, about 70 miles, there will be a path to the hills of British colonial called Pyin Oo Lwin zone. The main road runs through this place with many kinds of goods from China. However, you can go back to the path located in Pyin Oo Lwin rear area, you will find out very many cottages were built during the colonial periods surrounded by the gardens and strawberry, even coffee is also grown here. Travelers can visit the national park Kandawgyi by carriage or walk the trails throughout the forest. The path will lead you to the natural waterfalls located outside the city. It will be a fantastic experience you may have when traveling to Myanmar.

Pyin Oo Lwin
The gardens in Pyin Oo Lwin.