Mandalay is a city and former royal capital in northern Myanmar on the Irrawaddy River. In its center is the restored Mandalay Palace from the Konbaung Dynesty, surrounded by a moat. Mandalay Hill provides views of the city from its Summit, which is reached by covered stairway. At its foot, the Kuthodaw Pagoda houses hundreds of Buddhist scripture inscribed marble slabs.
The Maha Myat Muni Pagoda is located at the Sothwest of Mandalay, where inside lies the Maha Myat Muni Buddha Image. It is the most reverend Buddha Image in Mandalay. It is also known as the Phaya Gyi. It is the most ancient Buddha image in Myanmar. Every morning at 4:30am, a team of monks washes the face and brushes the teeth. Since Myanmar Buddhists are so devout countless thousands of devotees apply gold leaf to gain merit, the images has completely covered with 15cm thick gold and original shape is distorted.
Mandalay Hill is a 240 metres hill that is located to the northeast of the city centre of Mandalay in Burma. The city took its name from the hill. At the top of the hill is the Sutaungpyei (wish-fulfilling) Pagoda. A panoramic view of Mandalay from the top of Mandalay Hill alone makes it worthwhile to attempt a climb up its stairways. A one-way motor road today saves time and also makes it accessible for those who are unable to climb up the stairs, leading to an escalator and a lift to the Pagoda at the summit.
U Bein Bridge is a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar. The 1-2 kilometre bridge was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. It is used as an important passageway for the local people and has also become a tourist and therefore a significant source of income for souvenir sellers. It is particularly busy during July and August when the lake is at its highest.
Madalay Palace located in Mandalay, Myanmar, is the royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy. The plan of Mandalay palace largely follows the traditional Burmese palace design, inside a walled fort surrounded by a moat. The palace itself is at the centre of the citadel and faces east. All building of the palace is one storey in height. The number of spires above a building indicated the importance of the area below. Today, Mandalay palace is a primary symbol of Mandalay and a major tourist destination.
Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura, Temples and Monasteries are an integral part of life in Myanmar. They accommodate about half a million males, who are either vocation monks or novices, and around 50,000 nuns. That is roughly one percent of the population actually lives in one of the many monasteries or nunneries, completely dependent on the laity for all their material needs. The common areas of Mahagandayon Monastery are quite open, but visitors are clearly instructed which parts are out-of-bound of them; an injunction that more than one tourist, unfortunately, ignores. Daily, tourists descend mid-morning to watch the resident monks line up silently and systematically for their lunch- their last meal of the day. Because visitors cannot be relied upon not to disturb the monks during their silent mealtime, they are no longer allowed inside the dining hall. Once they finished eating, they filed out and commenced cleaning up.
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