Mandalay Hill in Myanmar.
Taking a slow walk up the many steps to the top of Mandalay Hill to see the Buddhist Su Taung Pyi Pagoda, numerous Shrines and Buddha Images. Mandalay Hill is situated on the north-east corner of the Moat - actually in the area where most of the most important Pagodas and Monasteries in Mandalay are situated - therefore well known to any taxi driver. Visitors wishing to go to the top of the hill can either walk up or a taxi will take you up a winding road nearly to the top and from there you can use an escalator to
the Pagoda. There are four different stairways which meet at around 2/3rds of the way with the most popular route to the top of Mandalay Hill being the South Entrance - which is well guarded by two beautiful pure white Chinthes.
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Mandalay Hill South
Mandalaly Hill Shrine
Mandalay Hill Tank
The climb of 760 feet is via 1729 steps and takes perhaps 45 to 60 minutes. Note that shoes have to be left at the bottom of the steps - there is a lady there who will keep them safe for you - however socks can be worn if you wish. The thought of all these steps might well be off-putting
however the climb varies in it's steepness - some parts are more on slight slopes i.e. it is not remotely like a continuous stepped climb. The entire ascent has a covered walkway so you are protected from the Sun - and since the sides are open often as not there is some sort of breeze.
On the way up there are many stalls which sell lots of Buddha type souvenirs, also you can get snacks at several cafes. Lots of shrines are to be found on the way often as not amongst trees and part way up there is a large hall containing
quite a few Buddhas including the Shweyattaw (Gautama Buddha) whose outstretched arm points to where the Royal Palace was built.
Shwe yattaw Buddha
Mandalay Hill view
Covered Walkway stalls
Mandalay Hill Shrines
Mandalay Hill Shrine
Mandalay Hill Stupa
Ordination Hall Buddha
Further up the climb is the Ordination Hall (Myatsawnyinaung) - actually worth looking around as it has many white arched corridors and with scripts on the walls and ceiling - also you get some good views of Mandalay from one side. Just before reaching the Summit the area is packed with more stalls and lots of local people - really more like a market area since there were all sorts of things for sale from shoes to clothing. From here there is the final climb to the Su Taung Pyi Pagoda. At the Pagoda there
are many richly coloured shrines (quite dazzling in fact), glass mosaic pillars and brightly coloured Ogres to look at.
Shwe yattaw stupas
Shwe Yattaw Mandalay
Bobokyi Nat entrance
Our other items about Mandalay and surrounding area.
- Mandalay Travel and Touring Guide and Photos
- Mandalay Myanmar - ways to travel to the old City i.e. flights or by road, things to do and see in Mandalay, Irrawaddy River.
- Visiting Kuthodaw Pagoda, Kyauktawgyi Pagoda and Sandamuni Pagoda in Mandalay
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- Visiting The Royal Palace and Moat at Mandalay - Myanmar
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- Our above Home Page shows all of our items about Myanmar covering Yangon, Inle Lake and Bagan.
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