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Visiting the ‘largest book in the world’

One of my favourite places to visit in Mandalay, Myanmar, was the Tripitaka tablets at Kuthodaw Pagoda, otherwise known as the ‘largest book in the world’. The Pagoda was built in the 1860s by the King of Burma, before the country was known as Myanmar, because he was worried that Buddhist teachings would be affected by the invasion of the British.

The book is made up of about 730 leaves, or stone tablets, which are inscribed on both sides with the Tripitaka, the Buddhist scriptures. Each tablet is housed in a white stupa and arranged around a central golden pagoda.

The¬†Tripitaka tablets are a unique and beautiful sight to see. It’s very peaceful walking in between the rows of stupas and admiring the beautiful architecture. I’d highly recommend you don’t miss this if you’re visiting Mandalay.

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Kuthodaw Pagoda
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A model showing the layout of the Tripitaka Tablets
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The Tripitaka Tablets, each stupa contains one ‘page’.
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One of the ‘pages’ inside a stupa
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The Tripitaka Tablets
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The Tripitaka Tablets with Kuthodaw Pagoda in the background
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The Tripitaka Tablets
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Inside Kuthodaw Pagoda
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Inside Kuthodaw Pagoda
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The Tripitaka Tablets
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A dog having a sleep in the heat
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I have so many pictures of these trees, I really liked the way they looked for some reason!
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Kuthodaw Pagoda
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Homemade speakers in our tuk-tuk

I hope you enjoyed these pictures. Leave me a comment if you did! If you’d like to share on Pinterest, feel free to use the picture below. xx

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