Historical Sites in mandalay

Bargaya Monastery
It is located inthe old city of Ava, or Inwa as it is now known. This ancient teak wood monastery is one of the highlights in Ava. Magnificent in its weather aged appearance and decorated with beautiful carvings, this is an ideal place to give your busy soul a peaceful rest
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Kuthodaw Paya
It's known for being home to the world?s largest book and the entire script of Tripitaka Theravada, the most sacrosanct script in Buddhism. Kuthodaw Paya was built during the late 1800?s by King Mingon and is a location situated at the bottom of the Mandalay Hill. The whole compound is covered with white pagodas, star-flower trees and their Jasmine-like fragrance. In the cool shade under these trees, the sight of children picking the flowers to make star flower chains for the Buddha or to wear in their hair is a truly peaceful and beautiful.
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Mahamuni Paya (Paya Gyi)
“Maha” means large, “muni” sitting and “Paya” means pagoda. Mahamuni Paya is one of those incredible sites that you absolutely have to witness in your lifetime, and is very revered by pilgrims around all Myanmar and other parts of Southeast Asia. Everyday, this age old ritual occurs between 4.30 and 5.00 am, and is a spiritual and religious ceremony that partakes of washing of the Buddha’s face. The site is beyond magical and magnificient. Mahamuni pagoda is the most important of all the religious places in Mandalay. It is not a pagoda but an image of the Lord Buddha, believed to have been cast in the Buddha’s lifetime in the very presence of the Buddha according to the tradition. The thickness of gold clad on the Buddha face from people applying golden leaf on it is just truly unbelievable if you think of how poor the country is. Unlike most pagodas in Myanmar, men (only) can get close and touch the Buddha. There is also a museum in the complex and a small building that contains five bronze Khmer statues taken from Angkor Wat.
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Makhaya Old Capital

Makhaya Old Capital

Situated in Mandalay Region, before you reach to Sintkaing Township, there is a junction to go to the old capital. Shwezigon Pagoda, old palace wall and ancient pagodas and temples can be seen.
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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 Palace Complex / Fort Dufferin
This symbolic royal palace is one of the main reasons why many tourists travel to Mandalay despite its scantling heat. It’s a golden city within a city. The palace wall is hard to miss if you are in Mandalay, and surrounded by a huge moat. “The Glass Palace” by Amitav Ghosh, truthfully describes what had happened here at this last royal palace of the Burmese monarchy; British soldiers storming in with their guns, looting and burning this palace, forcing the last King Thibaw and Queen into exile in India after winning the 3rd Anglo-Burmese War. It’s hard to believe this magnificent palace lasted merely 30 years after being first built by King Mindon (Thibaw’s father). British then turned the palace compound into Fort Dufferin, named after the then- viceroy of India. Much of the palace compound was tragically destroyed during WWII by allied bombing. A near-exact replica of the palace was rebuilt in the 1990s. It costs US$ 10 to get into this castle to have a look.
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Sanda Muni Paya
The Sandamuni Pagoda is located to the southeast of Mandalay Hill and bears a resemblance to the nearby Kuthodaw pagoda because of the large number of slender whitewashed ancillary stupas on the grounds. The Sanda Muni Paya also features 1774 marble slabs which include the commentaries and sub-commentaries on the Tipitaka, the Three Baskets of Buddha’s teachings. It is very similar to Kuthodaw pagoda but they are much closer to each other and I liked this pagoda more.
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Sandamuni Pagoda

Sandamuni Pagoda

The Sandamuni Pagoda is located to the southeast of Mandalay Hill and bears a resemblance to the nearby Kuthodaw pagoda because of the large number of slender whitewashed ancillary stupas on the grounds.
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Shwe Bo

Shwe Bo

Shwe Bo is located 64 miles (103km) north of Mandalay on the motor and railroad to Myitkyina. Shwe Bo was the native town of King Alaungpaya, the founder of the Kone Baung Dynasty. He fought against the rule of the Mon Monarchy in 1752, and his dynasty lasted over two centuries.
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Shwe Bo Aung Myay

Shwe Bo Aung Myay

Located at Shwe Bo, 64 miles (103km) north of Mandalay on the motor and railroad to MyitkyinaIt, it is supposedly the spot used by King Alaungpaya as a staging point before going into battles. Even to this day people believe it to be victorious starting spot.
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Shwebon Yadana Mingala Palace (Shwebo)

Shwebon Yadana Mingala Palace (Shwebo)

The number of Red and Gold buildings in the Palace of Shwe Bo are less complete than that of Mandalay Palace. Still it's a fascinating place to viist
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Shweinbin Monastery

Shweinbin Monastery

Shweinbin Monastery is located at the southwest corner of Mandalay City. This attractive monastery built in traditional Myanmar architecture is one of the few buildings that have survived the test of time. Constructed in 1895 by Chinese merchants, the monastery consists of many impressive woodcarvings and also contains a number of admirable works of art.
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Shwekyimyin Pagoda

Shwekyimyin Pagoda

Shwekyimyin Pagoda was built by King Min Shin Saw, situated in the heart of the town. In the temple is enshrined the origninal Buddha image consecrated by the King himself. The great attraction of this pagoda is the collection of these statues and images made all of valuable jewels and precious stones and traditionally worshipped by royal family.
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Shwenandaw Kyaung (Teak Temple)
It is one of the most unique eye-catching of all the monasteries/temples in South East Asia. This intricately teak-crafted world heritage site was first built to serve as the royal apartments for King Mindon, but later converted into a Buddhist Monastery. Why? The then-ruler, King Thibaw transformed this building into a monastery, believing it to be haunted by his father, King Mindon’s spirit. Due to its removal and rebuilding on a new site in late 18th century as a monastery, it was the only building to have remained intact during the raid of Mandalay in WWII. 100 years-old teak-carvings, depicting past life stories of the Buddha were chiseled in the panels which adorn the inside and outside of the main building. No entrance fee is required.
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