The Sandamuni Pagoda is located near the Mandalay Hill. This is the largest iron Buddha which is made up of over 41,000 pounds of iron. The large Golden Zedi along with hundreds of the shrines containing inscribed marble slabs is the best known of it.
Lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill, the Kuthodaw Pagoda is surrounded by 729 small white pagodas or stone caves and holds the world’s largest book. Each cave houses a marble slab on which Buddha’s teachings (Tripitaka) were inscribed.
The most popular place, Mandalay Palace, used to be more than just the royal residence. The palace grounds are enormous and surrounded by the huge brick wall and great mote. A Glass Palace quarters, an audience hall, a military area, and a watch tower make support to it to be more attractive.
MAHAMUNI BUDDHA TEMPLE
Mahamuni Pagoda is special, simply because of all of the gold inside; this golden Buddha is reported to weigh up to 12 tons due to the golden “leaves” placing on it. Placing gold leaf, which is a piece of gold paper, is a beautiful culture of Buddhism, but women cannot do this.
U BEIN BRIDGE
The 1200-meter long teak wood footbridge, the U Bein Bridge, is one of the must-visit places in Mandalay. The scenic view of sunrise and sunset is quite fun and the reflections in the water will make you relax and enjoy the moment in local vibe.
SHWENANDAW KYAUNG (TEAK TEMPLE)
The beautiful wooden details of Shwenandaw Kyaung are very attractive and worth to visit. For art and architecture lover, its intricate wood carvings that are creating images and unique shapes are the sight to see, showcasing the beautiful teak wood architecture of Myanmar.
Right next to the Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung is Atumashi Kyaung which is a large white pagoda with the gorgeous huge doors and the marble floors.a
GO ON A FOOD TRIP
Everywhere in Mandalay, you can taste many street foods and local foods in traditional restaurants. If you prefer to experience the local life, the best way is to sit back in a local restaurant and drink some Myanmar (milk) tea.
HEAD TO DEE DOKE WATERFALLS
Near Mandalay, Dee Doke Waterfalls is existed as the home to the bluest and most beautiful natural pool in Myanmar. It has a five-step body of water which is glimmering due to the limestone surrounding it. You will get experience of the swimming in the natural pool, but be careful as some steps are slippery.
10 Places You Must Visit for Authentic Local Vibe in Mandalay, Myanmar
Mandalay, the former royal capital of Myanmar has several places to visit.
Mandalay Hill is the main attraction of Mandalay. At the top of this hill, the pagodas and temples are existed. You can also get a stunning elevated view of pretty much everything around you – a bird’s eye view of the city walls and its surrounding moat, various temples and pagodas with Irrawaddy River gleaming from afar, and even a beautiful sunset.