This monastery is famous for its intricate woodcarvings and is reminiscent of old Mandalay Palace. In reality, the monastery was first located within the precinct of Mandalay palace. It was reconstructed at the present site in 1880 under the orders of King Thibaw.
Mahamuni Pagoda is revered as the holiest shrine in Mandalay. King Bodawpaya built it in 1784
. The Mahamuni Image brought from Rakhine State is being housed there. The devotes crowd there to watch early morning ritual of washing the face of the Buddha Image.
Kuthodaw Pagoda was built by King Mindon in 1857. The shrine is surrounded by 729 upright stone slabs bearing the entire Buddhist scriptures. It is popularly known as " The world's Biggest Book " for its stone scriptures.
Arts And Crafts
The largest repository of Myanmar arts and crafts can be found in Mandalay. Lovers of arts and crafts will certainly enjoy them. It is here that visitors can observe skilled craftsmen make beautiful articles of ivory, wood, marble and stone, silverware and bronze statues, world famous tapestry, silk weaving and gold-leaf making according to the time-honored traditions of their fore-fathers.
It is located at 69 km (1 1/2 hours drive) east of Mandalay and having over 1,100 metres above sea level. It has a pleasant and cool weather the whole year round. Places to visit include the Botanical Garden (142 hectare), the Chinese temple, Pwekauk Waterfalls and Peik-Chin-Hmyaung Cave.
Inwa ( Ava)
Inwa, Located across Myitnge River about 20 kilometers southwest of Mandalay is the capital of Burmese Kingdom for nearly 400 years. All the major buildings, which were not destroyed during the earthquake of 1838, had been transferred first to Amarapura and then to Mandalay however the 88 feet high watchtower known as the “leaning tower of Ava” and Bargaya teak monastery which is famous for it’s teak pillars amounting to 267 in total are still to be seen today.
Lies on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River. A suburb of Mandalay, there has numerous silk weaving. Founded by King Bodawpaya in 1783 as his new capital. Amarapura means City of Immortality.
Famous with its longest teak bridge take bridge in the world; although a bit rickety in some parts it has withstood the storms and floods of over two centuries. The bridge is named after its donor U Bein, 1.2 km long Wooden Bridge, built since 1782 with over 1700 huge teak pillars. There are five rest houses on the bridge where you can rest for a while and chat or read.
Sagaing lies 21km south-west of Mandalay on the west bank of the Ayeyarwady River. Sagaing became the capital of an independent Shan kingdom around 1315 after the fall of Bagan. Today, Sagaing is known as a meditation centre. “A living center of Buddhist faith” lies across Ayeyarwaddy River is an important religious center with some 600 Buddhist pagodas, temples and monasteries. Myanmars all over the country would visit Sagaing for the purpose of religious retreat.
Mogok (the Ruby Mine)
Known as Land of Ruby, Mogok is in the Mandalay Division, lies 1170 metres above sea level. Royalty throughout the world have sought Mogok rubies and sapphires for many centuries. Alluvial limestone gravels are the source, and deposits are exploited by means of tunneling, pit digging or panning. Other precious and semi-precious stones found in Mogok District include period, lapis lazuli, moonstone, garnet and chrysoberyl.
Rubies and sapphires are Mogoks lifeblood, and several markets around dispense the red and blue crystals on a rotating basis depending on the time of day. Mogok is a 3-hour drive from Mandalay. From the main bus center in Mandalay there are departures every half hour from 6 am to 9:30 am. Although it is an interesting place, for every foreign visitors / travellers need to get the permission well in advance because of restricted area.
"Travel to Mogok is now Temporary closed until further notice. Once the route is open, we will keep all informed"