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How to do in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) in 36h?
You plan a journey to Myanmar (Burma)? Well, then don't go without visiting Mandalay. And if ever there was a name that evokes the charm of the Orient, it is Mandalay. You' ll be amazed to know that Myanmar (Burma) is indeed the second biggest town, a relatively young town founded in 1857.
The town came under UK domination in 1885, and much of the town you see today is of UK ancestry. Here are some of the high points to see if you have 36 hour time to finish killing in Mandalay. We have noodle breakfasts and after that we will enjoy the fortress, which King Mindon rebuilt in 1861.
If you are tired of the pavillons and have visited the magnificent Kyaung Teak Convent (entry 10 US$), you can also go to Shwenandaw Kyaung, also known as the Teak Cloister. Formerly regal dwellings, it was rebuilt into a buddhistic convent and is the only significant part of the pristine regal castle that was destroyed during the war.
An entrance charge of $10 will take you to the Mandalay area, which contains the entrance to a number of sights in the vicinity of the castle. In the afternoon, after luncheon (the Golden Lion Restaurant is in the immediate vicinity and offers mainly traditional China dishes), head to the Kuthodaw Pagoda, which houses the so-called "largest novel in the world":
You will probably also have the opportunity to visit one of the other convents or couples, such as the Sandamuni Pagoda, which houses the world's biggest Buddha sculpture. On Mandalay Hill, as the afternoons go towards night, you will observe the sundown. It is 230m high and the half hours ascent with many steps, but it is rewarding.
This is an ideal (free) way to end the days with a magnificent view of the town and some interesting shrines, palagodas and sculptures on the way up and on the hill. The MMK8,000 ($US7.65) entrance fees go to support the others inmates.
Face is the only part not coated with sheet metal, and if you are a man, you can join the custom of going up the steps and laying your own sheet metal on the MMK1600 sculpture (about $US1.50). Unfortunately, they have to give their work to an assistent to bid for them and have to look from the bottom of the steps.
End your visit to Mandalay with a relaxed stroll along the 200-year-old U leg pedestrian crosswalk in the Amarapura district. The longest trekking footbridge in the worid that crosses the flat Taungthaman Lake, it is the ideal place to mix with the friars, enjoy the ambience and enjoy your last few minutes in the magic Mandalay.