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Sagaing is the religious heart of Theravada Buddhism and known as the “Abode of the Holy Recluses”. It was the place that Shin Arahan came to spread the word about the religion and stayed here under the patronage of King Anawratha. It was also the capital of the Sagaing Kingdom…

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Colonial buildings, avenues of eucalyptus and pine trees, beds full of flowers and painted horse and carts,  gives this town, 1,070 meters above sea level, a unique charm. The Colonial British Government would move here from Rangoon to escape the heat, and during the war it was home to the…

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8 kms from Amarapura is the 500-year capital of the Shans, known first as Ava and later as Inwa.  It is a centre of monasteries, pagodas and ancient ruins spread out over several miles shaded by boddhi trees, and accessible by horse-carts or cars.     The capital was built…

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Amarapura was founded by King Bodawpaya in May 1783. When King Mindon began building Mandalay as his new capital, he dismantled a lot of buildings from Amarapura.  Despite this, the town still has a sense of history, with the famous U Bein Bridge, and ancient pagodas and monasteries dotted around…

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Hop on boat from Mayanchan Jetty in Mandalay and cross the Ayeyarwaddy River to visit this little town which has the largest bell and pagoda in the world.   Mingun Pahtodawgyi PagodaThis huge ruin dominates the landscape.  This is the first tier of what was going to be the biggest…

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Mandalay is surrounded by ancient capitals which were founded by different royal dynasties during the 12th to 19th centuries.   The Pyu Empire ruled from Bagan starting in approximately 849CE until the 1297CE victory of the second invasion of the Mongols under Kublai Khan.   After the fall of the Bagan…