Mandalay City Trip Part 3 – Mingun and Mandalay Hill

Our first day of touring Amarapura, Inwa and Sagaing was a blast. We had tons of fun and had seen so much interesting sights. The following day, we then all met again after breakfast and had a short meeting about what we will visit. Mingun, Mandalay Hill, a wooden temple named Shwenandaw and the Royal Palace were the places we all had in mind.

After breakfast, we first went to Mingun since it’s the farthest of them all. We allotted the first half od the day for this place alone (including the travel time). We drove all the way to Mingun but if you’re planning to go independently you have an option to take a boat instead.

The drive from our hostel to Mingun took almost two hours. We still passed by Sagaing Hill on our way to Mingun and also passed by numerous small towns.The town of Mingun is famous for the gigantic unfinished temple known as Mingun Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, Mya Theindan Pagoda or Hsinbyume Pagoda which is a gorgeous white temple and the Mingun Bell which is regarded as one of the biggest bells in the world. The bell weighs around 90 tons.

Aside from the interesting sights, what I like the most about Mingun are the art shops. There are so many shops selling paintings made by locals artists and a lot of those paintings are very beautiful. If I have so much money, I could have both a lot of those paintings and brought them home.

Here are some pictures of our trip to Mingun:

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Mingun Pahtodawgyi Pagoda

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The rear part of the humongous animal guardian of the temple

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One of the many art shops in Mingun

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Gorgeous hats made from local indigenous materials

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Beautiful!!!

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Irrawaddy River

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Laundry time!!!

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Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip
Mya Theindan Pagoda or Hsinbyume Pagoda

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Mandalay City Trip

After our trip to Mingun we then had lunch on our way back to Mandalay City. The Royal Palace was our next destinations right after lunch. The Royal Palace grounds is so huge but empty. There’s nothing much to see inside but nevertheless just the sight of the building structures were enough for me. It’s very photogenic especially if you climb the viewing deck so you could see the whole palace.

As I was walking around and exploring each and every building inside the palace grounds, I couldn’t help but imagine what it was like for the previous royal family to live in a place like this.

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Moat that surrounds the Royal Palace complex

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Mandalay City trip

Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip

On our way to Mandalay Hill, we dropped by to Shwenandaw Monastery which is one of my favorite among all the temples and monasteries I have seen so far. The monastery is made of wood and was bilt in the 1800. As you explore this little monastery, you can see the intricate details of the wood carvings. It’s originally a part of the royal palace at Amarapura but later on moved to Mandalay city.

Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip

Mandalay City Trip

Our last destination on that day was Mandalay Hill where we had the chance to see the beautiful sunset of Mandalay. We just stayed in one of the small shop selling refreshments and chatted before heading to the viewing deck to watch the sunset.

Mingun and Mandalay Hill

Mingun and Mandalay Hill

After the sunset, we all went back to our hostel and had dinner together. Despite the language barrier, we shared some fun stories, great food, ice cold drinks and of course tons of memories that will surely be remembered for long time.

Have you been to Mandalay? feel free to share your tips and recommendations.

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