Southeast Asia and Japan / Shwenandaw Monastery
Myanmar
Shwenandaw Monastery
Southeast Asia and Japan / Novices on the Hsinbyume Pagoda
Myanmar
Novices on the Hsinbyume Pagoda
Southeast Asia and Japan / The Road to Mandalay
Myanmar
The Road to Mandalay
Southeast Asia and Japan / Burmese Monks
Myanmar
Burmese Monks
Southeast Asia and Japan / Floating Restaurant
Myanmar
Floating Restaurant
Southeast Asia and Japan / Mahamuni Pagoda
Myanmar
Mahamuni Pagoda

Mandalay

Rudyard Kipling famously wrote of "the sunshine and the palm trees and the tinkly temple bells on the road to Mandalay" in his homage to the East. Mandalay, which sits just at the center of Myanmar, was established by King Mindon in 1857, on a large plain in the shadow of Mandalay Hill. It was the last royal capital of the independent Burmese kingdom, and today the city remains the cultural and religious center of Burma. It is home to a number of venerated temples including the Mahamuni Paya shrine, home to a massive Buddha covered with over six tones of gold leaf, and also Kuthodaw Paya , which contains the entire Buddhist canon carved onto 729 marble tablets, each of which is contained in its own shrine.

In addition to the city's shrines and temples, visitors to Mandalay can explore the royal palace compound that King Mindon commissioned and the Shwenandaw Kyaung teak monastery, which is decorated with intricate carvings and was home to Mindon's concubines and children. Mandalay today is also an important hub of commerce for Myanmar and travelers will see firsthand how this legendary site has become a metropolis that is home to more than a million people.

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