Mandalay (the last capital of Myanmar Kingdom) was built in 1857 by the King mindom of compound dynasty. It is located on Ayeyawaddy river about 600 km north of Yangon. Ancient Capital such as Amarapura, Sagain, Awa, Mingun are around Mandalay.
The Mandalay Palace was built in 1857AD – 1861AD. Admirable moats and walls surrounding the palace makes the city looks outstanding. Mandalay is rich in hystorical places, religious monuments, its cultural diversity and also exquitsite handicrafts.
Maharmyat Muni is also called for Phaya Gyi which is the most revered Buddha Image in Mandalay. It is casted in broze, 4 m high and weighing 6.5 tons with its crown decorated with rubies and sapphires. Selected monks wash the Buddha’s face every 4:30 am and offer food.
Mandalay Hill is located at northeast Mandalay City Centre. Visitors can go up the hill by car or on foot either. It is 235m above the sea level and a nice place to view the sunset. People going up and down the hill on foot as an exercise can also be seen.
U Bein Bridge is the world’s longest teak footbridge with a length of 1300yd across shallow Taungthaman Lake. The best time to visit is an hour before sunset when the light is at best for the photographing.
Pyin Oo Lwin originally called Maymyo was designed as a place to escape from the Mandalay heat. It was a half hour drive from Mandalay. Pyin Oo Lwin was famous for its fruit, jams, vegetables and top of all fruit wines.