In my last blog post, I talked about the ‘largest book in the world’ and in this post I’m going to be talking about the ‘largest pile of bricks in the world’. The Mingun Pahtodawgyi is an incomplete stupa in Mingun, Myanmar, about 10km north of Mandalay. The ruins were part of a massive construction project in 1790, which was left intentionally unfinished by King Bodawpaya.
There is said to have been a prophecy made that once the stupa was finished, the country would fall. As King Bodawpaya was deeply superstitious, the stupa was left incomplete. The ruins stand at 50m high, but the stupa was intended to be 150m tall. An earthquake in the 1800s caused huge cracks to appear, and it is now known as the ‘largest pile of bricks in the world’.
There are so many unique sights in Myanmar, and the Mingun Pahtodawgyi is yet another one. You can reach it by ferry across the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay, which is also a really nice experience, especially if you can time it to watch the sunset.
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