Mandalay is the last capital of the Myanmar Kingdom, the second capital of Myanmar, both a bustling commercial centre and a cultural site with the old royal city. Many old monasteries, show-casing Myanmar arts and architectures of the 19th Century. It is situated on the eastern banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River, 668 km due north of Yangon. Mandalay Hill, Maha Muni Pagoda and famous pagoda to visit in Mandalay. Mandalay is famous for Myanmar handicraft, marble carving, tapestries, and gold smith.
An ancient city of Konbaung Dynasty, Amarapura is located about 11 km from South of Mandalay. Fifteen minutes drive from Mandalay by car. U Bein Bridge is the longest wooden bridge in Myanmar. Its length is 1209 meters and crosses the Taung Thaman Inn.
The ancient city of Ava (Inwa) (mouth of the Lake) for a long time a capital of northern Myanmar after the fall of Bagan. A number of small villages have sprung up inside the city wall. The most attractive places to visit are Nanmyin Tower, Maha Aungmye Bonzan, Bagaya Kyaung and Ava Bridge.
Sagaing became capital of Shan Kingdom around 1315. Today, it is mostly known as a religious centre that supports dozens of Buddhist monasteries and nunneries as well as a major monastic hospital. The place to visits is Thabyetan Fort, Kaungmudaw Paya and Sagaing Hill.
One of the four ancient cities near by Mandalay. Not only are there some very interesting things to see but also it is a very pleasant boat trip. Mingun Paya, Mingun Bell and local handcraft and painting shops are attractive for all visitors.
PYIN OO LWIN
Formerly known as “Maymyo“ after the English Colonel May and was used as a summer retreat for the British during the colonial era. Pyin Oo Lwin is situated 69 km to the east of Mandalay; 1000 m above sea level. Places to see are National Kandawgyi Park, Chinese Temple, Pwe Kauk Waterfalls and Peik Chin Myaung Cave.
The commercial centre of the Chindwin valley and border-trade center between India and Myanmar. It is situated on the western bank of the Chindwin River about 136 km to the west of Mandalay. Easy to get there by car about 4 hours from Mandalay. Than Bok De Pagoda, adorn with 500,000 Buddha images. Kyaukka Village, which produces its own distinctive kind of lacquer ware. Ledi Monastery is where the Buddhist Scriptures are inscribed on 806 stone slabs. Bodhi Tahtaung Pagoda has 1000 Bodhi trees.
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