Being one of four famous tourist destinations in Burma, with Bagan, Yangon and Inle Lake, Mandalay city has fascinated tourists in their trip to Myanmar for more than 142 years. Let’s go together to discover the most beautiful sites of Mandalay to better understand the special attraction of the city.
Tourist attractions in Mandalay
Things to remember when making a Mandalay tour:
• The main means of transport to Mandalay is the taxi. You can rent a taxi for a day here at the price of 25,000 kyats. In addition, you can also rent a car if you travel in a group for 45,000 kyats / day.
• To avoid a boring or repetitive journey in your Mandalay tour, you can follow the following route: Mandalay Hill first, monasteries second, next the Sagaing Hill, then Inwa and finally the U Bein Bridge.
• You must wear proper clothing when visiting pagodas.
• Food and drink are not expensive in Mandalay, as a buffet in a restaurant “All you can eat” cost you only 3,000 kyats.
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Mandalay Hill – an attractive tourist destination in Mandalay
Upon arrival in the city, Mandalay Hill immediately draws all attention. The 230-meter hill is the hallmark of Buddhism, when King Mindon moved the Burmese capital to Mandalay in the 19th century. During his reign, he built many monasteries and was the instigator of a Buddhist writing carved out of precious stones.
Here, visitors to Myanmar can relax in a peaceful atmosphere. You can admire a magnificent panoramic view of Mandalay in the evening or morning dew from the top of the hill. This explains why the Mandalay Hill has become one of the most important and impressive sites of Mandalay.
Royal Palace in Mandalay
The Royal Palace of Mandalay is located in a set of 413 acres and is famous for its fortified ramparts with beautiful moats around. The palace was built between 1857 and 1859. It operated as a permanent fort. Its 12 doors represent the 12 signs of the zodiac. The palace was burnt down due to a bomb during World War II, but was completely renovated in 1989 and became the most attractive tourist spot of Mandalay.
The palace opens a single door to foreigners. An entry ticket costs 10,000 kyats. In the palace, there are also residential areas as well as many other villages outside the palace. In the center is the main palace.
Maha Myat Muni Pagoda
When you make your Burma tours, you will learn that Maha Myat Muni Pagoda is one of the popular attractions in Mandalay. What makes it particularly interesting is a bronze statue weighing 6.5 tons and measuring 4 m in height. The crown of the statue is generously decorated with innumerable rubies, emeralds and brilliant diamonds. Many Buddhist followers contributed with money, which allowed the whole of the Buddha statue to be covered with a layer of 15cm thick gold. For this reason, some tourists feel that the statue did not keep its original state.
Kuthodaw Paya Pagoda
Located at the foot of Mandalay Hill, Kuthodaw Paya Pagoda is a popular tourist destination not only in Mandalay but also all over the world because it is a place where the world’s greatest Buddhist scriptures are preserved. The Pagoda was built in the 1800s with more than 729 towers where stone tablets are carved with Buddha prayers. One feature that is unique and special in this famous pagoda is that many jasmines are planted here, which permeates the whole pagoda with a light and unique fragrance.
Mahar Aung Myay Market
Talking about Mandalay in Burma makes us think of once about 3 things: jade, temples and teak wood. Maybe for this reason, if you make a Mandalay tour, it will be a great regret not to be able to visit the Mahar Aung Myay market. It is the most important place in the world for the trade of jade. Here, you can buy jewelry made of precious stones such as bracelets, rings, earrings, pendants. The price of the products is not expensive (or at least cheaper than in the West), so you can certainly buy beautiful gifts for your relatives and friends during your Myanmar tours.
A Mandalay tour can be both exciting and impressive. Finding the useful information before the tour will help you to explore as much as possible the beautiful sights of Burma. Our agency will accompany you in this exceptional discovery.