EXCURSIONS FROM MANDALAY
Only an hour's boat trip from Mandalay, Mingun is
noted for its 90-ton bell, which is the largest
ringing bell in the world and its unfinished huge
pagoda, the world's largest piece of bricks with
50 meter in height, obscuring life along the
Since one must go bare-footed in all pagodas, it
is quite a climb to the top - finished or
unfinished - but the views over the village and
the river are spectacular.
Situated 21 km southwest of Mandalay, Sagaing
Hills is known as the heart of the Buddhist
religion with over 400 monasteries for monks and nuns. The sunsets over the Ayeyarwaddy
River, viewed from Son Oo Ponyashin Pagoda, are breathtaking.
Ava is situated on a small island, between the Ayeyarwaddy and Myittha
rivers, was first founded as a capital by King Thado Minbya in 1364
A.D. It was destroyed by the earthquake of 1838. The ruins of the
palace, the massive fort walls and moat can still be seen of the
splendour of the past when it had been the capital for more than four
and half centuries.
The best way to explore this island is by horse cart. The king palace
at that time does not exist any longer, however still the “Leaning
Tower” of Inwa, 27 meter (90 feet) high masonry Watch Tower. The
Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery, a brick-and-stucco monastery built by
the Chief Queen of King Bagyidaw for her royal abbot (Nyaung Gan
Sayadaw) in 1818 and the Bagayar Monastery, famous for its impressive
ornate woodcarvings and teak posts are the high lights.
"Clackety-clack, clackety-clack" you hear while
strolling through Amarapura, nowadays famous for silk and
cotton weaving, but in ancient times known as the
"City of Immortals".
U Bein Bridge,Amarapura
||The former capital of
Upper Burma (until 1850) is located idyllically at the
Thaungthaman Lake which is crossed by the
U BEIN BRIDGE,
a teak footbridge spanning 1.2 km, the world's
longest of its kind. Why not having a Chinese tea
at the banks of the Thaungthaman Lake before you
walk accross the bridge to the
which houses an excellent seated Buddha image and
has wonderful well-preserved frescoes in the four
You will find here over 400 Buddha statues and the oldest
Buddhist scriptures which are written on palm leaves.
PYIN OO LWIN,
also known as Maymyo, when it was a British hill station. The
old stagecoaches are still operating as local taxi service.
There is plenty to see, such as the wonderful Botanical Garden,
Pwe Kauk Waterfall, the busy market and the newly built Pye Lone
Chan Tha Pagoda, which houses a mysterious Buddha image. Why not
taking a train one early morning which takes a winding
curcuitous route up through the hills at sunrise!
Botanical Garden in Maymyo
Horse Carriage in Maymyo
Shwebo is a rice-collecting centre on the railway about 50
miles (80 km) north-northwest of Mandalay and 17 miles west of
Kyauk Myaung, a river-side town on the Ayeyarwady, which is
famous for glazed pottery works from toys, cups, letters,
bowls, pots to huge water jars that are tied in hundreds and
floated down the river as rafts. These are widely used
throughout the country.
Shwebo was the birthplace of Alaungpaya, founder of the
Alaungpaya dynasty (1752–1885), and is the site of his tomb.
The palace and other royal parks, lakes, moats and watch tower
have been neglected, disrepaired, ravaged and ruined in the
last two centuries. With the promotion of the tourism industry,
the government has launched upon the reconstruction of the
palace buildings, parks and dredged the royal lake for the
benefit of the visitors and locals.
Thanbuddhay Temple in Monywa
136 km to the west, is the commercial center of Chindwin Valley. 95 km to the northwest of Monywa, a 17 km bumpy ride including
trekking and continuing on the back of an elephant will make your
excursion to a National Park quite
a bit of an adventure.
En route encounter wonderful markets for rice, beans, peanuts and corn. Highlights are the
with over 500,000 Buddha images,
where over 806 stone slabs of Buddhist scriptures are
which means 'One Thousand Bo Trees', and, not to forget,
the Reclining Buddha, over 70 meters in length and -
again - the largest one in the world.
It is said that the
existed about 1-thousand million years ago… after
a 5 and a half hours drive north
will arrive to the City of
at 3,800 ft, picturesquely and naturally surrounded by chains of high
mountains, Mogoke also enjoys a temperate climate. Observe the mining
techniques by which these precious stones are taken from the alluvial
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