10 interesting experiences in Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay City in Myanmar, a place full of charm and mystery, will be closer than ever before through the lens of the famous Philippine tourist blogger. Here are 10 exciting experiences you should not miss when you have the opportunity to travel to Mandalay.

1. Hire a bike and explore the city according to your own preferences

Bicycle is available everywhere in Mandalay and the rent is very cheap. Before hiring, you need to be sure that your car is still good, so that you can be assured of no damage along the way. There are many interesting attractions of Mandalay that you can easily visit by bike, the traffic of the city is quite convenient and airy. More importantly, in cycling, you will discover many interesting things, even more valuable than visiting a famous place.

2. Visit a gold leaf production workshop

What is most impressed with Myammar is that gold, gold is not only used to decorate the statues of Buddha, outside the temples, but also many of the wealthy families of Myanmar. ceiling or furniture, Myanmar's very few send money to the bank, instead they often go to buy gold to donate to the temple. It is therefore easy to understand why the gold leaf production is growing here.

King Galon is one of the oldest and most famous gold mills in Mandalay. When visiting here, you will be watching the process of making gold leaf, everyone in King Galon is very cheerful and enthusiastic, so it is possible you also have people try to hammer the hammer into the The golden package below, advises you is not a light work. But the best thing I want to tell you is, this experience is free.

3. Visit the stone sculpture workshop

Mandalay is home to many traditional craft workshops, but the most prominent of these is stone sculpture. You can visit the Sagaing area, to visit these sculptures. The whole area seems to be covered with fine dust from the marble, and you'll see the skilled craftsmen polishing their sculptures in the streets. Surprisingly, you will see very skilled workers, no one seems to use a sketched form.

4. Visit Maha Muni Temple

Maha Muni is Mandalay's holiest temple, which is second only to Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon in terms of its popularity. The temple is very large and beautiful, with many doors and corridors leading into the main area. You will be impressed with the large gold-plated Buddha statue and the 4-meter-high inside, which is especially the area that only allows men to enter, all women only see the statue from the outside. Get inside and you will feel the sacred atmosphere, as well as the cult of the people with their faith.

5. Relax at Shwenandaw Monastery

After biking and walking through the areas of Mandalay, it's time to take a break. Shwenandaw - a famous monastery, built entirely of teak. A pleasant experience, while sitting relaxed and looking at the complex sculpture of the congregation while outside the sound of rain fall.

6. Enjoy the street food of Mandalay

The interesting point of exploring on a bike is that you can stop wherever you like. And the constant stop to enjoy the delicious street food in Mandalay is something I do quite often. The best thing about Myanmar cuisine is that after enjoying the food, you will be served a free tea, Mandalay's mouth-watering dishes that will make you unforgettable during your trip.

7. Explore the Amarapura and U Bein bridges

Amarapura was once the capital of Myanmar for some time. Today, the ancient capital is best known for its silk products, Maha Gandhayon Kyaung Monastery and U Bein - the longest teak bridge in the world.

 8. Look at the scenery from Sagaing Hill

Sagaing is the area outside of Mandalay, where you have to cross the Ayeyarwady River. Sagaing is especially famous for its hill called Sagaing Hill, one of the main Buddhist centers in Myanmar, which houses over 600 monasteries and towers, as well as 6,000 monks and nuns.

On the way to the top of the hill, you have to pass many small stupas and also take quite some time, however, when up to where you will take a great view down below.

9. Sail to Inwa

Inwa with Amarapura and Sagaing are the three oldest cities of Myanmar. You have to sail from the banks of the Ayeyarwady River to get there. The road from the river to get in is quite difficult, so most tourists travel by carriage. Like most other ancient cities of Myanmar, you will be attracted by the majestic temples, with unique architecture and beautiful scenery here.

10. Visiting Mingun Ancient Village

Mingun is about 11km from Mandalay. You can get there by road but most of you travel by river. Mingun daily ferry ride, departing 8h30 and return at 13h with ticket price 4,500 kyat / person (about 2 USD). If you want more freedom on time, you can rent a private ferry for about $ 30.

Most visitors to Mandalay don't miss this impressive tourist destination, because it houses many important historical monuments of Myanmar, most notably the Mingun Pahtodawgyi ruins built by red brick which if completed will be the largest brick Buddhist architecture in the world with a planned height of 150m. It was built between 1790 and 1797 under King Bodawpaya, but due to the economic decline, this great work was halted and left unfinished after the king's death in 1813.

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