Mandalay & Enviroment



Mandalay

Being the biggest city in Myanmar after Yangon with population approximately 1.2 million, Mandalay is trade centre of all upper Myanmar located 700km north of Yangon as a result of proximity to China in the east and a trade route with India in the west. The capital of the last two Myanmar kings, now a days, Mandalay is considered to be the centre of Myanmar culture and traditional arts & crafts for its long lasting historical context, being home to the most important pagodas and finest handicraft workshops such as silk and cotton weaving, gold-leaves production by an extremely old manufacturing process, tapestries Kalagar production (blinds and wall decorative embossed sequencing), bronze forges, marble and wood carving etc. Although Mandalay didn’t survive long as the “Golden City”, it remains as an important cultural hub & Buddhist religious centre with myriad glittering pagodas dotting all corners of the region’s landscape and over 300,000 of country’s monks and nuns still make their home in Mandalay area. Highlights here are the Maha Muni Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Kyauk Taw Gyi Pagodas, Shwe Nan DawKyaung( the Royal Palace monastery), King Mindon’s Fort &Myanansankyaw Royal Palace and the scenic view of Mandalay city and surrounding from the 230m high Mandalay Hill.

Amarapura, the city of immortality

Amarapura had been the royal city twice in Myanmar monarchic time. It is located 11 km south of Mandalay andnow a small town famous for its silk and cotton weaving workshop and Mahagandayon Monastery where we can admire daily life of Buddhist monks. The famous U Bein Bridge stunningly built by teak pillars in the beautiful Taungthaman Lake give you the most unforgettable wonderful sunset scene

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