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