How To Explore Mandalay’s Impressive Monasteries

Some of Mandalay’s best known pagodas are situated close to each other, which I was not aware of.

I hired a local guy to show me some of the well-known monuments in the area, but later on I realized that if I knew how to drive, I could have easily explored the place without any assistance.

One of the monuments, which we saw was Shwenandaw Monastery.

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It’s impressive architectural beauty blew my mind. Built in 1878 by King Thibaw Min, this monastery is best known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths.

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The traditional Burmese architectural style is quite pervasive in the monastery, which is also known as Golden Palace Monastery, because it used to be a part of the Mandalay Royal Palace.

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After Shwenandaw, we moved to Atumashi Monastery, which was built in 1857 by King Mindon at a cost of 500,000 rupees.

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Considered to be one of Southeast Asia’s most impressive buildings, the monastery is surrounded by five graduated rectangular terraces.

The Atumashi Kyaung is located near the Kuthodaw Pagoda.

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Streets Of Mandalay – A Photo Essay

During my Mandalay sojourn I came across many interesting objects. Be it hotel or clock tower, they impressed me with their simplicity. Have you been to Mandalay ? I really liked the city, thank to its stunning pagodas, temples, monastery and local food.

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A simple yet pretty hotel in downtown Mandalay

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Mandalay’s famous clock tower

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The more you walk, the more you see. The more you see, the more you capture …

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U Bein Bridge – Unique & Charming

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There are numerous things to see in Mandalay and its adjacent areas. During a short trip to Mandalay I decided to explore famous U Bein Bridge. Built around 1850, this 1.2 kilometer bridge is said to be the world’s oldest teakwood bridge. As this place becomes over-crowded during morning and evening, I decided a different time slot i.e 3-4pm. To my surprise, I still saw a lot of people on the bridge.

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Surrounded by beautiful Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura, the foot bridge is named after the mayor who had built it.

Visiting this place during sunset and sunrise could be a serene experience, but I deliberately skipped it as I didn’t want to encounter with sea of people. One of my hostel mate told me how he could not even put his steps on the bridge in the evening due to massive crowd. Eventually, he left the place without fully exploring it.

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This place has peaceful atmosphere which I really liked. Make sure to include it in your itinerary when you visit Mandalay. Apart from the bridge, one can also explore nearby villages and temples. If you wish you can also take a boat ride in the lake.

How did I reach the place? : There are many ways to reach the bridge. You can either hire a taxi or motorbike taxi to reach this place. It is not faraway from the downtown Mandalay.

I used a pick up truck from 84th / 29th street intersection. It dropped me somewhere on the mainroad of Amarapura. I paid only Kyat1000. From there the bridge is approximately 4km. At one point, I thought of hitchhiking but later dropped the plan and decided to take a walk.

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Myanmar Through My Eyes

During a short trip to Myanmar’s Mandalay, I clicked hundreds of images. I reached Mandalay via Moreh-Tamu border. Soon, I will write more about my Mandalay sojourn. Till then enjoy my colorful snaps.

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