PLACES OF INTEREST IN MANDALAY AREAS
According to the legend, the Lord Buddhist visited to the top of the Hill and directed his hand to a spot prophesying his disciple that the famous pious king would found the Royal City and the King Mindon had to built the present dayremain Place on the said spot. Mandalay Hill, 230 meters in elevation, commands a magnificent view of the city and surrounding countryside.
The fire destroyed the whole magnificent palace complex during the World War ll. However, the finely built palace walls, the city gays with their crowning wooden pavilions and the surrounding moat still present an impressive scene of the Mandalay Palace. Mya-nan-san-kyaw Golden Palace, the model of the Mandalay Palace, Nanmyint-saung and Cultural Museum is located inside the Palace grounds.
The only remaining apartment of Mandalay Palace in which the royal founder of Palace died after a prolonged illness. was built inside Mandalay Palace but King Thibaw moved it and turned into monastery in 1880.
Situated about 11 km south of Mandalay, Amarapura (the city of immortal) is an ancient capital of the Konbaung Dynasty. Patodawgyi Pagoda, U Pein Bridge ( 1208 meter ) built by Mayor U Pein with teak planks two centuries ago and silk weaving industries are places of interest to visit.
Revered as the holiest pagoda in Mandalay, it was built by King Bodawpaya in 1784. This pagoda enshrines the famous Maha-muni Buddha Image brought from Rakhing State. The early morning ritual ceremony of washing the Face of Buddha Image draws a large crowed of devotees everyday.
It is known as Mahaatula Marrazein, meaning the royal bounty built by King Mindon in 1857. This pagoda is surrounded by 792 upright stone slabs on which are inscribed the entire Buddhist Scriptures known as Buddhist Canon. It is popularly known as " the Worlds Biggest Book" for its stone scriptures.