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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…

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The city was built on a grid system which runs north to south from 9th-45th street , then east to west from 50th – 90th street. The city is easy to discover on foot, by bicycle or taxi. The Ayerawaddy River is to the West,and the airport is approximately 1…

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aims to protect and preserve cultural and natural heritage around the world that is considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. In April 1996, and updated in July 2013, UNESCO listed Kuthodaw Pagoda on the Memory of the World Register.…

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2000 BCE – Mandalay Hill became a place of veneration by early Buddhists and a site of several holy relics of Gautama Buddha.   1784The golden Mahamuni Image was taken from Mahamuni Pagoda in Western Rakhine State and placed in a new temple in Mandalay, where it remains to this…