The busy city Mandalay is the former capital and the second largest city in Myanmar. It’s a rather new city created in 1857. In fact, the city was severly damaged by bombs during the second world war.
Rent a taxi and do a day trip to ancient cities around Mandalay
Mahagandayon Monastery, Amarapura
The monks alms round
From the age of seven years old boys are trained as novice monks. There are about 500 000 monks and 50 000 nuns in Myanmar. As a fact, Myanmar has the highest proportion of monks and nuns practicing buddism in the world. For the families to send their son or daughter to a monastery also means they have free education.
At around 11 o’clock the start of the lunch line begin with a long row of munks. They wait patiently with their eyes down holding an alms bowl requisite for the food on the alms round. This is popular place and the monks show a lot of patient with tourists. As a visitor please show respect to their life style and religion.
U Bain Bridge, Amarapura
Pedestrian bridge in Myanmar built year 1850, 1,2 km long
It’s knowned to be the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world. Get there before sunset to walk on the unique bridge cause it will get crowded. There is no handrail and at some parts are shaky, that will make it an even greater experience.
U Bein bridge is one of the most photogenic places in Myanmar. When the sun sets and reflex in the water be ready with your camera. Sometimes a fisherman will pose for you to shoot the photo of your lifetime.
Sagaing is famous for the gold, silver and white painted pagodas located west of the Irrawaddy river close to Mandalay. This is the place for history lovers or the ordinary tourist that like a fantastic view.
On the hilly and green landscape is the round-domed Kaunghmudaw, built in 1636. There is a dispute because in 2010 it was painted in gold but the original color was white. Locals have been protesting and no efforts has been taken to repaint it.
The heavy weight Mingun bell with it’s 90 tons, the second largest bell in the world. Fun fact is that it’s only one third of the weight compared to the bell in Moscow.
The impressive Pahtodawgyi Pagoda could be even more fantastic if the big sized project would have finished. Unfortunately king Bodawpaya died and so did the construction of the worlds biggest pagoda with it’s 49 meters of hight (original plan was 150 meters).
Innwa (also called Ava) was the capital in Myanmar for over 500 years. It was finally destroyed by invations and earthquakes and the capital was moved to Amarapura. There is a boat service over the river and even more exciting is the horse ride. The monastery Bagaya Kyaung which dates from 1834 is entirely built in teak.