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The Town - An Introduction
Mandalay' is perhaps the most suggestive of all destinations in Myanmar (mainly because of the famed poet Rudyard Kipling, who actually only lived in the countryside for two nights and never came here! - yet it is a town whose charm is to be discovered.
However, if you take the leisure to discover, there is much to enjoy, among them many churches, convents and market places, as well as great road cuisine and scenic vistas from Mandalay Hill. Mandalay is a relatively new town, in comparison to the many old capital cities spread across the land, when King Mindon tried to restore Burma's status after the country's loss in the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1857.
Therefore it was built on a large scale, as evidenced by the dimensions of the Mandalay Palace (see below). The first time you enter Mandalay, you will find a large, dust and shallow town, with roads built on a lattice (numbered from 1 to 49 from N to SO and 50 to 90 from E to W).
To explore the city centre (at the southwestern edge of Mandalay Palace Graben, near Mandalay train station) and its various market, restaurant and temple on walking distance, you can also continue - for example to Mandalay Hill, Shwenandaw or Shwe In Bin or Mahamuni Temple, you must take or collect a cab.
You can also rent a self-drive motorcycle to visit the attractions for about 12,000 K per night at various locations in the city centre, such as Mandalay Motorcycle Rental. On the other end of the spectrum is a stunning way to see Mandalay with the warm aeroplane; the cost per capita is US$275 and the summer period lasts from mid-November to the end of March.
One $10 voucher (valid for one week) is needed to visit many attractions in Mandalay and the area and can be purchased in most places that do. A KBZ and CB Bank Visa- and Mastercard-enabled ATM is available in Mandalay city centre. King Mindon's ambitions are evident at first glance at the huge Mandalay Palace and its area.
Encircled by a large ditch, this fortress is located in the centre of the town, just outside the town centre. Although it looks impressive from the outside, it was unfortunately destroyed by World War II bombings together with most of Mandalay. Inside its ramparts is a vast military encampment (with an essential course, a must for the generals) and a rebuilding of the former castle, which, as is customary in Myanmar, was carried out with a slightly heavier work.
Admission through the Eastern Gateway; $10 Mandalay Zones pass needed. Contrary to the restored Mandalay-Palast, Shwenandaw Kyaung is a beautifully conserved convent, recently restored by the World Monuments Fund. It was the original regal residence where Mindon was killed and was located within the castle wall; it was relocated by Mindon's last Burmese kingship Thibaw to its present site on the edge of 14 and 62 Street and transformed into a cloister.
Mandalay Zones $10 entrance fee necessary. Mandalay Hill, the place from which the town takes its name, is a welcome rest from the hot and dusty roads and provides a breathtaking 360 degrees view of the whole town, the Irrawaddy River and the far away rolling countryside. It is said that Mandalay Hill is a sacred place and was ascended by the Buddha, who predicted that a great town would be constructed here where his teaching would heal.
Religiously, the climb to the summit is the most deserving path, and on the major trail (from the south) you will see many interesting paya's on your 45-minute barefooted ride, beginning with two huge chins (huge, lion-like creatures) guarding the door. Mandalay's hilltop is separated from the major Mandalay streets, and motorcycles are subject to a K200 gate fee and a K200 car park fee.
Situated to the northern side of Mandalay Palace, Mandalay Hill is easily accessible from most parts of the town. Near Mandalay Hill there is a local overnight fair where you can find groceries and beverages, a roof top lounge, a heated outdoor restaurant, a heated outdoor terrace, a heated outdoor terrace, a covered terrace, a heated outdoor terrace, a covered swimming pool and music. Situated in the west part of Mandalay town centre (at the end of Route 27), Eindawya (Ein Daw Yar) Pagoda and Zegyo Markt are in many ways the centre of the town.
The largest Mandalay fair, as old as the town. Even though the central house is an interesting and vibrant place to walk around, today it is unfortunately a contemporary construction - the major attraction are the neighboring, stuffy and busy stores on the 86-th floor.
The western Mandalay is the most rewarding part of the city to be explored on horseback or by bike: from Eindawya Pagoda you will find a number of settlement and historic wood abbeys, some delightful, tranquil and tranquil peaks, a beautiful teenage-wood viaduct over the Thinga Yazar Channel and finally the busy Irrawaddy River.
Outside the centre of Mandalay, the area is a tranquil and recreational place where Buddhist friars can spend their day. Situated southwest of the city centre, on a small stream in the 898th and 38th c.... It is situated just southwards of the city centre, between the rivers 82 and 84. A larger choice of pictures from the Mandalay area can be found in our Flickr picture gallery.
Known for its civilization, Mandalay is home to the Moustache Brothers, a subtle a-nyeint twe fun group that has been reaching out to the rulers for years. They' have been arrested and placed under intermittent detention, and in this building they do their show (39th St, between 80 and 81 St ); it takes about an hours and is from 8.30 pm on most afternoons.
If you want some colorful cans of Myanmar tradition, visit the Mandalay Marionettes or the Mintha Theater (close to each other on the edge of 27 and 66 Street). For Mandalay sightseeing trips and other activites, please select from the wish list on the right side further up this page.
There are also a wide range of Myanmar sightseeing trips that cover the attractions of Mandalay - learn more here. Taungbyone Nat is held in the Taungbyone community, 20 kilometers from Mandalay. In Taungbyone there is a small lodging, so most folks take a cab to the event and go back to Mandalay in the afternoons.
Walking through Mandalay city centre, especially between the southwestern edge of Mandalay Palace Graben and Zegyo Market (between 22 and 28 Streets), you will find many cheap sidewalk dining options offering a wide range of delicious regional cuisine as well as delicious traditional meals from China, India and Tibet. Lashio Lay is a cheap and genuine Shan Resort, which is later open than most other places and is equally loved by people.
Position:23rd Street, between the 83th and 84th. Dining stands on number 27. There are a number of stands near Zegyo Markt that sell cheaper and tastier childa. Situation: Twenty-second road, between 83nd and 84th. No. of streets. Position: at 27th road, between 64 and 65. Mandalay has dispersed road breweries all over the city, albeit with relatively little occidental cuisine.
However, these are expanding and most cash option bars are around the southeast edge of Mandalay Palace. The Central Park is one of the few places in Mandalay with a westerly bar/restaurant. Situation: on 27th road between 68 and 69. Cafe City is an US based café. Sixty-sixth and twentieth Streets (East Moat Road).
Situation: 27 and 70 th Street. Best-of-the-Best (BoB) KTV is another variation of night life - a vast and glittering China Kataoke court in the east of Mandalay, where you can let off steam until the early morning hour. Situation: Avenues 26 and 57.