Compared to the many ancient capitals scattered around the country, Mandalay is in fact a relatively new city, having been built in 1857 when King Mindon was trying to re-establish Burmese prestige after the country’s defeat in the Second Anglo-Burmese War.It was therefore constructed on a grand scale, and the size of Mandalay Palace is testament to this. Explore ornate pagodas, monasteries ,markets, black streets, as well as great street food and take memorable photo at U Bein bridge.
The Mahamuni Buddha Temple is a Buddhist temple and major pilgrimage site, located southwest of Mandalay, Myanmar. It is deified in this temple, and originally came from Arakan. It is highly venerated in Burma and central to many people's lives, as it is seen as an expression of representing the Buddha's life. Ancient tradition refers to only five likenesses of the Buddha, made during his lifetime; two were in India, two in paradise, and the fifth is the Mahamuni Buddha image in Myanmar.According to the legend, the Buddha visited the Dhanyawadi city of Arakan in 554 BC.King Sanda Thuriya requested that an image was cast of him. After casting the Great Image, the Buddha breathed upon it, and thereafter the image became the exact likeness of the Mahamuni.
Nuns after school in Sagaing Hill
Sagaing is the capital of Sagaing Division and located the Irrawaddy River, 20 km to the south-west of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the river. It was the capital of Sagaing Kingdom (1315–1364), one of the minor kingdoms that rose up after the fall of Pagan dynasty, where one of Thihathu's sons, Athinkhaya, established himself. The city briefly became the royal capital between 1760 and 1763 in the reign of King Naungdawgyi. Sagaing, with numerous Buddhist monasteries is an important religious and monastic centre. The pagodas and monasteries crowd the numerous hills along the ridge running parallel to the river.Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, U Min Thounse, U Min Koese and Kaung Mhu Daw pagoda are some attractions in Sagaing Hill & nearby.
U Bein Bridge & Taung Thaman Lake
U Bein Bridge is a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar. The 1.2-kilometre bridge was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. . It is a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar. It was built around 1850 and construction began when the capital of Ava Kingdom moved to Amarapura, It is used as an important passageway for the local people and has also become a tourist attraction and therefore a significant source of income for souvenir sellers.It is particularly busy during July and August when the lake is at its highest.
Riverside village, Mingun
Mingun is a small town in central Myanmar (formerly Burma). It sits on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, northwest of the city of Mandalay. It is a town in Sagaing Township of Sagaing Region, located 11 km up the Ayeyarwady River on the west bank from Mandalay. It's known for the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, an immense, unfinished pagoda. Nearby, the Mingun Bell is a colossal bronze bell from the early 19th century. To the north, the striking, white Hsinbyume Pagoda is defined by its wavy, tiered terraces and is crowned by a large stupa.