Five reasons to visit Mandalay
Mandalay, the economic and religious hub of
Myanmar, is full of attractions you cannot deny. Mandalay is centered around
the Royal Palace and has wide lane filled with bicycles and motorcycles and is
known for cultural diversity. Here are five reasons why Mandalay deserves your
1. The Pagodas
Mandalay and surrounding towns
are known for hundreds of pagodas and monasteries found in the area. Many
famous Pagodas such as Mandalay Myat Muni Pagoda and Kuthodaw Pagoda, which is
the site of the world’s largest book are located in Mandalay. As I have
mentioned before in my previous articles, Shwenandaw Monastery which is made
entire out teak wood with beautiful cravings also made up the list of
attractions to visit the city.
2. The Royal Palace
The last Royal Palace of the
last Myanmar monarchy, the Royal Palace is a must visit place in Mandalay. The
palace is the primary symbol of Mandalay as well as a major tourist attraction.
This is where you can learn a great deal about the architecture and etiquette
of the last royals of Myanmar.
3. The Mandalay Hill and the Views
A hill covered in spires and
pagodas at the northeast of Mandalay Palace, which offers 360-degree viewpoint
of the town and beyond, is no other than the Mandalay Hill. You will get to
watch the most epic sunset from the hill and the breathtaking view of Mandalay
4. The Markets
Zay Cho market and Jade market
are definitely one of the reasons why you should visit Mandalay. Zay Cho market
is not only the largest but also the oldest market in town. As for Jade market,
this is a fascinating spot, with vendors displaying everything from huge
chunks of the green rock to tiny fragments, while in the afternoon session
other precious stones and gems also make their appearance.