Mandalay is the last capital of the Myanmar Kingdom, located in Central Myanmar and 445miles north of Yangon on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, King Mindon moved the city of Amarapura in July 1858 to the new site at the foot of Mandalay Hill. The new city was called Yadanabon( means ‘the city of gems’) and later its name was changed to ‘Mandalay’.
In Mandalay, one can feel purely Myanmar and can see the remains of old Myanmar.Being rich in monasteries and pagodas, it is still accepted as the arts and cultural heart-land of Myanmar. The styles of Mandalay Buddha Images and Buddha Statues were many since King Mandon.
Mandalay is cultural center of Myanmar. There are numerous cultural around the city such as Yandanapon Palace , Mandalay Hill , Shwenandaw Monastery , the world biggest book Kuthodaw Pagoda , Sandamuni Pagoda , Zeygyo market , Manha Myatmuni Pagoda , Shwe Inbin monastery. Mandalay is the center of Myanmar and you can see art and crafts , wood carving , stone carving , gold-leaf making , silk weaving , bronze casting , and many other arts. Mandalay has a lot of tourist attractions around the city.
To get there, it takes about 1.5 hour by air from Yangon. Trains and Express buses are also running every day.
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