- This full-day private tour of Mandalay provides an overview of the unique cultural heritage in this fascinating city. Accompanied by your own personal guide, tour the Mandalay Palace, Mahamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery (Golden Palace). Visit a gold-leaf workshop and bustling market and view the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Lunch and hotel transport by private vehicle are included.
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This full-day private tour of Mandalay provides an overview of the unique cultural heritage in this fascinating city. Accompanied by your own personal guide, tour the Mandalay Palace, Mahamuni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery (Golden Palace). Visit a gold-leaf workshop and bustling market and view the sunset from Mandalay Hill. Lunch and hotel transport by private vehicle are included.
Admire Mahamuni Pagoda, aka Mahamuni Buddha Temple
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8:30 am, and your visit will start with Manamuni Pagoda, where the big Buddha image is venerated. The Mahamuni Buddha Temple (also called the Mahamuni Pagoda) is a Buddhist temple and major pilgrimage site. Ancient tradition refers to only five likenesses of the Buddha, made during his lifetime; two were in India, two in paradise, and the fifth is the Mahamuni Buddha image in Myanmar. According to the legend, the Buddha visited the Dhanyawadi city of Arakan in 554 B.C. After casting the Great Image, the Buddha breathed upon it, and after that, the image became the exact likeness of the Mahamuni.
See Mandalay Palace, Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery
Then, continue to the gold-leaf workshop. It is one thing to see temples covered in gold, and another to see the hard labor behind this art and appreciate it after visiting the gold-leaf workshop. Men work long hours pounding gold ingots into micro-thin sheets of gold leaf. After, visit Zaycho market - the largest and most important market in upper Myanmar. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. After the meal, continue your visit to Royal Palace. The Mandalay Palace is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy. The plan of Mandalay Palace mostly follows the traditional Burmese palace design, inside a walled fort surrounded by a moat. Mandalay Palace was the primary royal residence of King Mindon and King Thibaw, the last two kings of the country. Much of the palace compound was destroyed during World War II by allied bombing; only the royal mint and the watch tower survived. A replica of the palace was rebuilt in the 1990s with some modern materials. Today, Mandalay Palace is a primary symbol of Mandalay and a major tourist destination.
Next, proceed to Kuthodaw Pagoda, a Buddhist stupa, that contains the world's largest book. It lay at the foot of Mandalay Hill and was built during the reign of King Mindon. It houses 729 marble slabs sculptured the teaching of Buddha. The last but not least, visit Shwenandaw (Golden Palace) Monastery. Shwenandaw Monastery is a historic Buddhist monastery, that was originally part of the royal palace at Amarapura before it was moved to Mandalay, where it formed the northern section of the Hman-nan (Glass Palace) and part of the king's royal apartments. The building was heavily gilt with gold and adorned with glass mosaic work. The monastery is known for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths, which adorn its walls and roofs. It is built in the traditional Burmese architectural style. Shwenandaw Monastery is the single remaining major original structure of the original Royal Palace today. Finally, before returning to your hotel, enjoy the sunset on top of Mandalay Hill and admire the beauty of Mandalay City.
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