Nestled in the northern part of the country, Mandalay is known as Myanmar’s last royal capital. It is one of East Asia ‘s most popular destinations.
To fill up your excitement, here are the top highlights to travel Mandalay.
1 Mandalay Marionettes
If you would like to admire the local culture in Mandalay, Mandalay Marionettes is a great option for you. The talented artists will provide to you an interesting lens into the story of traditional Burmese legends on a small stage.
If you want to check out the local culture in Mandalay then there is no better way to do it than with a trip to the Mandalay Marionettes. You also learn how the puppets work and look for somethings as a souvenir. This destination should be put in your highlights to travel Mandalay.
2 Mintha Theater
Mintha Theater is a paradise for those who love folk art. The dancers, wearing elaborate traditional costumes, performed up to 10 different regional dances. Every meaningful performance will tell the story folk tales and legends.
3 Skinny Buddha
Skinny Buddha, designed in a modern style which is also very different from many other statues in the region. It was built in 2011 and stands at the height of 75 feet. People said that it looks more like an anime image than a traditional symbol.
4 Mandalay hill
Nothing else is compared with the gorgeous sunset on the top of Mandalay Hill. To wake up in the early morning, you have 2 options to reach the top of Mandalay Hill: by climbing stairs or by taxi. You will run into Sutaungpyei Pagoda on the peak.
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5 Mingun Pahtodawgyi
Located in Mingun 11km up the Ayeyarwady River, Mingun Pahtodawgyi is one of the top highlights to travel to Mandalay. It is outstanding for the cracks running through it caused by an earthquake in 1839. The temple could not be completed because one astrologer said that it was not finished. Otherwise the king would pass away. If the stupa had been completed it would have been the largest in the world standing at 490 feet.
6 Sandamuni pagoda
You cannot miss out Sandamuni Pagoda in your Mandalay tourism. It is the largest iron Buddha cast in 1802. The highlight architecture was built with tons of white stupas surrounding which makes for a masterpiece. This is one of the must-try items that you have to try once time.
7 Kuthoaw pagoda
Have you ever heard about the world’s largest book, named after the 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. It takes you 8 hours one day to read all in one year, so its name is the world’s largest book.
8 Mandalay palace
Situated roughly in the middle of the moat in the heart of Mandalay, the royal palace of the last two kings of the Burmese monarchy built in 1857. However, it was damaged during the World War II. Its replica was built during 1990s.
9 Inwa ancient city
Inwa ancient city is the top highlights to travel Mandalay. It used to be the Myanmar’s most famous old capital between 1365 to 1842 and was abandoned in 1839 after an earthquake. After then, the King decided to build a new place and move the government. You will see the relics of the old capital which makes you recall the heroic stage.
10 U Bein Bridge
U Bein Bridge is the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world that was built back in 1849 at the height of 1.2 km. The locals use it to cross Taungthaman Lake. It would better to visit in the early morning for an ideal view to sunrise.