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Mandalay, the main trading centre for Upper Burma, is the second biggest town in the state. Mandalay is a bustling megacity. Name after Mandalay Hill, it recently became known through Rudyard Kipling's Poetry Road to Mandalay, but has been inspiring audiences for hundreds of years. The" biggest ledger in the world" and the centerpiece is the renovated Mandalay Palace from the Konbaung dynasty, enclosed by a ditch.
It can be accessed by plane, car and train from its cosmopolitan aerodrome. Maltalay was the last imperial town before Myanmar was colonized by Great Britain in 1885. Whilst the extent of King Mindon's ambitions for the fortified fortress is clear at first sight, the entire splendid palatial compound was destroyed during the Second World War.
However, the castle ditch, the palatial ramparts with town doors and wood pavillons give an impressive and impressive picture of the time. There is a monumental building and a copy of the Mandalay building on the area. Mandalay is still regarded as the center of Burma's cultural life, is the business center of Upper Burma and this flourishing town is the second in number.
Mandalay's close vicinity to the Ayeyarwady means that a trip to the town is not completed without having to spend some quality leisurely hours on the canal. Famed for the poetry of Rudyard Kipling, the biggest fluvial flow in the land, which flows from North to South through his area. Sometimes it is called "The Way to Mandalay". Cruising on the rivers is a great way to explore the former imperial town or the surroundings, but if you are flying to Mandalay (or travelling by car), there are still many ways to experience the life of the rivers.
Mandalay lies between the wide plains of the Ayeyarwady River patio, the Shan State plains to the west and at the bottom of historical Mandalay hills, and is an excellent starting point for exploring the remains of surrounding antique capital cities. PyinOoLwin's invigorating mountain colony is also well deserved a stop.
Farther away, 200 km from the town of Mandalay, lies Mogok, world-famous for its ruby. In the Mandalay area there are many places to be visited that are intriguing and varied. PyinOoLwin, the next mountain terminal with its cold mountain air, offers the ideal getaway from the heats.
Myanmar's most intriguing journey is the PyinOoLwin rail journey to the quaint and relaxed city of Hsipaw (or even further to Lashio), which includes the Shan Highlands to the north and the renowned Gokteik Gorge and overpass. Further curiosities are the Peik Chin Myaung Cave (about 20 km from PyinOoLwin) with colorful Buddhistic scenery, a large number of sanctuaries and a quaint cascade at the entry and Mogok "City of Gems", 200 km from Mandalay, whose jewels are world-famous.
Located about 21 km from Mandalay, its major tourist attraction is the MahaAung Mye Bonzan Monastery from the nineteenth and Bagaya Kyaung Monastery from the 1830s, which is carried by almost 300 giant wooden poles of tea wood and is known for its complicated wood carvings. A center of Buddhist study and Buddhist mediation, the mounds of the sagaing are dotted with couples and convents, among them the Kaungmudaw Pagoda.
Mingun is a small river city in the region of Sagaing, on the western shore of the Ayeyarwady River, about 10 km from Mandalay. The journey by car from Mandalay is the most pleasant, although it is also possible to travel by car from the city. With a height of almost 4 meters, it is regarded as the biggest doorbell in the word.
An attraction not to be missed is the imposing MingunPahtodawgyi, a marvellous 18. st. medal. At the front, watching the silhouette, are the remnants of two 29 m high cows. Opposite the stream, in the middle of the 50 m high holm, there is a large, lavishly adorned door.
In 1816, three years before King Bagyidaw ascended the Hsinbyume crown, he constructed the Hsinbyume pit in remembrance of his deceased spouse, the Hsinbyume princess. The Sulamani is depicted on Mount Meru in accordance with Buddhist cosmology. Seven undulating patios around the panorama stand for the seven mountains around Mount Meru.
Mandalay, the culture of Myanmar, is the place where the most sophisticated forms of artistic expression and tradition of dances, musicians and theatres are to be found. Myanmar's tradition of entertaining is Pwe, often associated with dances and colorful outfits. The Mandalay retains the popular culture of the puppet show Yoke The Pwe and presents this type of culture to the local people and the public through puppet shows and theater.
Burmese folk is generally rhythmical and is performed without notation. The Mandalay puppets or Mintha are two favourite places to savour the colorful cans of Myanmar tradition. It is said that Myanmar's conservative style of playing is " free to improve, free from sheet-music limitations and free from variation ". The Mandalay has a great gastronomic legacy.
To make something sweeter, try the Mandalay, a signature Mandalay with raisin, cashew and shredded coconuts. Mandalay flavours from other parts of the land are also very popular, for example a Shan meal named Mezhay. There are many festivals throughout the year in and around Mandalay.
The most remarkable of these is perhaps the 2-weeks MahaMyat Muni Pagoda Feast in February. One of Mandalay's noisiest and most colorful festivals, the week-long Taung Pyone Nat Festivals, draws ghost worshipers from all over Myanmar and nosy newcomers. It is held in the small hamlet of TaungPyone, about 20 km from Mandalay.
In 1857, when King Mindon Min established Mandalay, he had a new royal residence erected. It was the last castle ever to have been erected by Myanmar kings. A large part of the building was demolished during the Second World War and has been rebuilt since then. With its many marvellous panoramas and convents, Mandalay is home to the breathtaking 4 m high, sitting MahaMyat Muni Buddha picture, which is situated on the mahab.
The Kuthodaw Puagoda was constructed by King Mindon Min at the same period as the Royal Palace near by. There is a gold plated pavilion, several gazebos and several hundred carpentry. It is 230m high and is situated just south of Mandalay town. There is a magnificent panorama of the town, especially at dawn or dusk, and it is recommended to take a barefoot ascent up the roofed stairs on the south-facing side of the hills.
At the bottom of the mound is the Shwe Mann Taung golf course, an 18-hole course with breathtaking views and Mandalay hills as a breathtaking setting. Imarapura is an ancient KoneBaung Empire city. Amarapura was established in 1783 by King Bodawpaya as his new capitol and is known for its woven satin.
As King Mindon relocated the city from Amarapura to Mandalay, the old royal palace was demolished, brought to Mandalay and reconstructed there. The U Bein bridge, which was constructed in the middle of the nineteenth centuary from worn down wood, is a magnificent view, especially in the early evenings, as it stands out against the lively sundowns.
Mandalay, which is regarded as the center of the country's art and civilization, is home to many old handicraft work. Testimony of the carvings of marble near the MahaMyat Muni Pagoda, where many sacred objects, mainly Buddha pictures and stones for inscription, are made. If you are interested in woodwork, please check out MahaMyat Muni Pagoda and Tampawaddy shelters.
Mandalay's Shwe-gyi-do district is the best place to see embroideries and appliqués, while one of Amarapura's major occupations is weavery, for which the area is known. In Tampawaddy between Mandalay and Amarapura, for example, you can study cast iron. There are now silverware shops in a small hamlet named Ywa-Htaung on the Sagaing-Monywa highways.
Mandalay, however, is probably the only place in Myanmar where the old depository is located.