November 9, 2015

On the road to Mandalay

No, it is actually in Mandalay ;)
... and nothing related to that poem.

Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar, and the last royal capital of the Kingdom of Ava. It is also a major commercial center and the cultural capital of Myanmar. Situated in the middle of Myanmar, it occupies an important position since it was built. The city was built by King Mindon of Konbaung Dynasty in middle of 19th century as the new capital of Burma.

I come here mostly for the "El Clasico" U-Bein Bridge, but then nothing to do after sunset and sunrise so hiring a bike to go around is just cool.

1) Royal Palace
The Mandalay Palace is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy. The palace was constructed between 1857 and 1859 during the reign of King Mindon. The plan of Mandalay Palace largely follows the traditional Burmese palace design, inside a walled fort surrounded by a moat. The palace itself is at the centre of the citadel and faces east. All buildings of the palace are of one storey in height.
 



2) Madalay Hill
The Mandalay Hill is situated to the north-east corner of the Mandalay Royal Palace, where people can overlook the city.

Guard the hill by this 2 lions.


Su Taung Pyi Pagoda on top of the hill
 

3) Sandamani
The Sandamuni Pagoda (also Sandamani) is located to the southeast of Mandalay Hill and bears a resemblance to the nearby Kuthodaw pagoda because of the large number of slender whitewashed ancillary stupas on the grounds. The pagoda complex was erected on the location of King Mindon provisional palace. It was built as a memorial to King Mindon younger half-brother, statesman, reformer, stimulating personality and confidante, the Crown Prince Kanaung, who had helped him seize power from Pagan Min in 1853.


4) U Bein Bridge
U Bein Bridge is a crossing that spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar. The 1.2-kilometre bridge was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world. Construction began when the capital of Ava Kingdom moved to Amarapura and the bridge is named after the mayor who had it built. It is used as an important passageway for the local people and has also become a well-known tourist attraction.

...at dawn

and at sunset.
 

(next: Bagan)

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