Mandalay Hill BurmaMyanmar Mandalay Hill
There' s two south stairwells. Both itineraries merge and then ascend to a sanctuary with a large standin' Buddhah, whose stretched out branch points towards the King's Palazzo. It is reminiscent of the myth in which the historic Buddhas, escorted by their student Ananda, came to Burma and predicted on their way up Mandalay Hill that after 2400 years a large town would be inaugurated.
Scientists estimated this in 1857, the year King Mindon actually ordered the move of the capitol from Amarapura to Mandalay. This is the kind of representation that might have troubled a more prudish man, but according to tradition, her self-mutilation made such an impression on the Buddha that he reincarnated her 2400 years later as King Mindon.
Steep stairs leading from the N (in 25 minutes) or W (15 minutes), but there is little to see except for kissing pairs (N) or lying friars (W). Weapons for these stairs and be ready to climb near the top of the northerly trail over and between a pair of tubes.
It is possible to ride most of the way up Mandalay Hill. Since both are often fractured, however, you will probably have to run up stairs for the last five mins. Excursion from a shuttle at 15th St. at 67th St., common pick-up 16 (per K1000 person) to the parking lot. Motorbike taxi loads typical K3000, unload it ("K2000" even if the descent is much further due to a long one-way loop).
At the Mandalay Hill
Mandalay Hill, like the nearby village of Sagaing, is home to a group of cloisters. Located on Mandalay Hill, the Sutaungpyei Pagoda has a large, artfully-crafted courtyard with a magnificent southern panorama of Mandalay City. While walking up or down, you will see several sculptures related to the history of the Ogress Sandha Mukkhi (San Dha Mukhi), one of her offerings for her cut-off chest.
According to mythology, she reigned the Mandalay Hill, but when the Buddha came, they worshipped together, and a pilgrim came to sacrifice to the Buddha. So she cut off her boobs and volunteered them to the Buddha on the proviso that one of these days she would be king of Mandalay.
And he concurred and reincarnated her 2400 years later than King Mindon. There is a small free-standing sanctuary with a sculpture of Ogress Sandha Mukkhi (San Dha Mukhi) offering one of her cut off peccess. I' ve got more pictures of Mandalay Hill and Sutaungpyei Pagoda here. Here you will find the latest US State Department information and information for Myanmar (Burma) (e.g. immigration visas and vaccinations).
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