mandalay02Mandalay, on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, is the second largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. Mandalay is the country's cultural and religious centre of Buddhism, having numerous monasteries and pagodas across the city.  Mandalay is also the home of Myanmar traditional arts and handicrafts workshops making tapestries, bronze statues, wood carvings, and gold leafs.


Mahamuni Pagoda, famous for its venerable Buddha statue covered with layers of pure gold leaf

Kuthodaw Paya, known as the world’s largest book. The pagoda’s complex is impressively filled with hundreds of marble slabs on which the entire Buddhist scriptures are inscribed.

Zegyo market, in the city centre, is a collection of street markets offering a variety of local products

Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery, best known for its exquisite woodcarvings

Mandalay Palace, destroyed by a fire during World War II, has been rebuilt. The palace walls, the wooden pavilions gates and the moat still represent a majestic scene of the Mandalay Palace.

Around Mandalay

Amarapura, famous for its U Bein Bridge, 1.2 km long teak bridge across Taungthaman Lake, and the well-known Maha Gandhayon Monastery with hundreds of monks and novices

Mingun, a half-day trip from Mandalay, where the 90 ton bell and the huge unfinished Mingun Pagoda can be seen

Sagaing is famous for its huge Kaungmudaw pagoda and the Sagaing Hills, religious sanctuary with hundreds of pagodas and monasteries

Pyin Oo Lwin, formerly known as Maymyo, is a cool weathered hill station, 2 hour drive away from Mandalay. This little town has plenty to offer: natural waterfalls and caves, beautifully landscaped Botanical Garden, horse-drawn coaches to get around, and remaining British colonial buildings.

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