Activities in mandalay

Gold Leaf Workshop
Pretty much all of the gold leaf applied to Buddha images by devotees in Myanmar comes from a small area of Mandalay. There are about fifty gold leaf workshops, many of them based in homes, in the blocks around 36th Street, just east of the railway line. It is possible to watch the hammerers at work an discover the process of turning a 12g piece of gold into hundreds of sheets, each just 0.0003mm thick. The shops sell gold leaf and a few other souvenirs, but there?s no pressure to buy.
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Kyauk Se Elephant Dance

Kyauk Se Elephant Dance

The elephant dance festival is one of unique features of Myanmar. It is only one hour drive from Mandalay to Kyaukse to enjoy this festival.
People Tribes Activities
Mandalay Hill
Mandalay Hill is the famous hillside just outside of Mandalay itself. The hill itself isn’t very tall, but being the only peak in miles definitely commands a magnificent view of the city and surrounding countryside. And it’s also an escape route to beat the unbearable heat of Manadalay’s summer. An early morning is the best time to visit so that you can avoid the heat and the influx of tourists. There are several ways to ascend the hill, depending on how fit you are. You can climb up from the South side or alternatively, you can get a taxi about halfway up on a road that leads from the West. In truth, it’s not too difficult a climb and there are plenty of places to stop and sit along the way. Take note that you will need to remove your shoes while climbing to the top of the hill from the check point where your transporting car stops. No entrance fee is required but a small amount of camera fee is expected. Mandalay Hill was bombed extensively by Allied aircraft during WWII, as the Japanese were encamped there, and it’s still possible to see the shrapnel holes in the temple at the summit.
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Mandalay Marionettes Theater
Former Burmese kings are known to be fans of puppets dance and artistry. And if you were in Mandalay, you must make time for a puppet show at Mandalay’s Marionnettes Therater. The show usually lasts about an hour, and it is a succession of small stories with different puppets and style of dances. Puppets are brilliantly made and puppeteers are very professional. You can also purchase puppets as a souvenir. The cost is about US$ 12 per person. Your kids will definitely love it.
City & Town Activities Sightseeing
Miguin Temple
You can take to boat to here, or hire taxi to here , it's about one and a half hour from Mandalay to Mingun , don't forget to see the most biggest bell in the world, it's just 5 minutes walk from Mingun Pagoda and White temple where Myanmar people called it "Tajmahal" because it's about love cemetery as same as Tajmahal in India
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Moustache Brothers
It is a mixture of satire, burlesque and dance show by the Moustache Brothers and their family. In a small shop set with plastic chairs and a small stage, the show that is presented is part comedy routine, part dance and part political. Much of the comedy was dated and the dances were average but the political comments were interesting in that it showed just how far the country has come from the days when it would have been unheard of to criticize the government. The dancers were a family group and it is good to see that they are trying to keep some of the history of the country alive.
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Stone Carvers Road
Mandalay is full of craft businesses and many of them are still operating very traditionally. This unique place is along the Sagaing-Mandalay road where skilled stone craftsmen chip and polish slabs of marble into the most delicate Buddha statues of different sizes. And templates or sketches of any kind are used very rarely there. The whole area is full of white dust from the marble slab so bring your face mask along with you.
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The Jade Market (Mahar Aung Myay)
Burma under British colonial time was famous for three things; pagodas, teak and jade. Make no mistake Myanmar jade is the best in the world. This huge Jade Market in central Mandalay showcases perfectly why it is so. Dozens of vendors are selling their jade in various stages and grades of presentation. Not frequently visited by tourists, it generally serves as a local source of the product. As always, there were “mobile” vendors, with little gem boxes of ruby and emerald speciments, in the rough, cab and facet cut. There is no issue at all with failure to purchase their goodies. Entrance fee is less tha US$ 1.
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Zeigyo Central Market
It is the trade hub of Upper Myanmar, where you can get everything that is Burmese and other exports. The variety is mind-blogging, ranging from sections of clothes, spcies to modern electronics. And they are cheap too. If you need a sweater for cooler northern Myanmar or a summer wear for southern part, this is the one for shopping. Bring your camera. This place is full of photo taking opportunities.
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