Looking round three Buddhist Pagodas in Mandalay.
The following three Pagodas are all close together (near Mandalay Hill) so easy to visit - each is somewhat different from the others on what you can see and are pleasant to wander around or have a peacefull sit for a while. Note that the Combo Ticket is required for these Pagodas although nobody seems to ask for it. These are active used religious areas so of course footwear has to be removed before going into them.
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Kyauktawgyi Pagoda - Mandalay. The Pagoda is situated opposite to the south stairway entrance to Mandalay Hill. Although work on the temple commenced in 1853 the temple was not completed until 1878. It's main feature is a 26 foot high Buddha which has been carved from a single block of marble. There are 20 smaller statues of disciples situated around the Hall. The Hall is really beautiful - it has green glazed mirror tiles everywhere which makes the area really bright and colourful. The white stupa
is unusually encircled by bands of beautifull gold filigree and the top has an Hti (finial ornament). Around the main temple there are quite a few small white stupas.
Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay.
The complex is near Mandalay Hill's south-east stairway - the main entrance is through a beautiful gate which has lots of carvings and statues and the Pagoda is surrounded by a high wall. This Pagoda is in a quite spacious area and very pleasant to wander around for a while or have a sit - especially on the wall which surrounds a tree in the middle.
The main 100 foot high Maha Lawka Marazein gold stupa was built in 1857 and constructed to replicate the Shwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung U
(near Bagan). Around the main stupa are 729 small white stupas each of which contains a marble tablet.
These tablets have had inscribed on them in Pali script the whole of the 15 books of the Tipitaka Pali canon of Theravada Buddhism - and is often called the world's biggest book.
During the Fifth Buddhist Council in 1872 it took 2400 senior Monks a total of six months to recite the text which was applied to the tablets by teams of stonemasons.
The Sandamuni Pagoda in Myanmar. The Sandamuni Pagoda is situated across the road from Kuthodaw Pagoda. The centre peice of this pagoda is a large gold stupa under which King Mindon's younger brother Crown Prince Kanaung is believed to be buried. The area was originally a temporary residence for King Mindon whilst the Royal Palace was being built. Apart from the stupa the perhaps more important and unusual feature are the rows of white stupas each of which is topped by a gold Hti. There are 1774 of these stupas and
each has a marble tablet inside - the tablets are inscribed with the Tipitaka and the all were installed by a hermit called Ukhan Ti in the early 1900s. The Tipitaka consists of the Buddhist scriptures consisting of the Vinaya (monastic education and discipline), the Sutta (teachings of the Buddha) and the Abhidhamma (Buddhist philosophy).
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.
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