You should really see these 5 places in Mandalay

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When you travel through Asia independently, don’t miss Mandalay. It has some very good sights to offer in Mandalay itself and outside of Mandalay. Even the city was nicer than I expected after reading bad comments in guidebooks and on the internet. Here are the top 5.

Mandalay Hill

Why: You’ll have the chance to see a glorious sunset.

Description: After walking up about 1700 steps along several Buddha shrines you reach the top. The building on top is nothing special, but the sight is. To one side you see the city of Mandalay and the Ayarwaddy river, to the other side rural landscape.

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Mahamuni Buddha

Why: The history of this seated Buddha fascinates

Description: This Buddha originally was located in Mrauk U, but was taken to Mandalay by king Bodawpaya in 1784. It has since become a popular pilgrimage place. Men only are allowed to apply gold leafs on it. After more than 100 years this results in a disproportionate Buddha of massive gold except its core.

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Kuthodaw Paya

Why: It contains Buddhist books and is beautifully designed

Description: The central stupa is surrounded by 729 mini stupas each containing a stone-plate. Together all the books of the Tripitaka are written onto these stones here. Impressive! How big would a church be, that does the same with the bible?

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Shwe In Bin monastery

Why: It is a lovely teak building nice to look at

Description: If you missed the Inn Wa-monastery, this one is similar to it. It is a calm, impressive teak building, that certainly makes meditation for the monks easier and more joyful task.

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Jade market and production

Why: Jade polishing, everything still handmade

Description: It’s impressive to walk through the small alleys and to the left and right people are working on jade pieces. In another corner the finished pieces are traded. It all remains a mystery to me, as I don’t know much about jade, but definitely worth a look.

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How to get there for all Mandalay attractions

Rent a motorbike guide for 15’000 Kyat a day. My guide was Mr. Koko. He did quite a good job. Ask for him in front of Royal Guesthouse.

Where to stay

I stayed at the Royal Guesthouse, 25th street, between 82nd/83rd, phone 31 400 or 65 697. The place is well organised and staff can help you with anything.

What else?

  • Go and enjoy a tea, dumplings and other foods at the Karaweik tea-house, 22nd street, between 83rd/84th. They also offer free wifi.
  • Lashio Lay is a good Shan restaurant, 23rd street, between 83rd/84th.
  • Buddha production in streets near the Mahamuni Buddha

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  • Kyauktawgyi Paya: I just like one-piece-marble Buddhas.

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  • Royal palace in the middle of the city: But the palace is just a reconstruction.

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