Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar, located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. It’s a busy, bustling city with lots of traffic and beeping horns. But there are also lots of extraordinary sights here, so Mandalay is definitely a must-visit if you’re planning a trip to Myanmar.
There are more than 700 pagodas and monasteries, some of which are located at the top of Mandalay Hill where you can get a 360 degree view over the city and surrounding countryside. The Mahamuni Buddha Temple is a very special pilgrimage site because the Buddha here is said to be one of only five likenesses made of him during his lifetime.
You can take a walk over the U Bein Bridge, which is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. You can visit the “largest book in the world” at Kuthodaw Pagoda. I’d also recommend a boat trip on the Irrawaddy River to check out the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, otherwise known as the unfinished temple. I’m going to feature these last two sights in separate blog posts because I just have too many pictures!
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