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Mandalay

Welcome to Mandalay

Mandalay is the second largest city in Burma (after Yangon), and a former capital of Myanmar. The city is the economic and religious hub of upper Myanmar and is centred around the Royal Palace. It has wide lanes filled with bicycles and motorcycles and is known for its cultural diversity. Half of Burma's monks reside in Mandalay and the surrounding areas. Mandalay, the very name evokes the splendours of the Burma of old. But, most people will be surprised to learn that Mandalay is not an old city, not even a medieval one, but rather a new city that was created by King Mingdon Min of Burma in 1857 as the new capital of the kingdom of Ava. Only two Burmese kings ruled from there, King Mingdon and King Thibaw, before the British conquest of Upper Burma in 1885. It was a city of splendour between 1858 and 1885 but most of the magnificence is gone, destroyed by the fire that consumed wooden structures and by intensive bombing by the Axis powers during the Second World War. The city, neatly planned with its lettered roads and numbered streets, is a British creation. The once magnificent Royal Palace and the great Atumashi (incomparable) pagoda, King Mingdon Min's finest creations, are modern reconstructions. Today, Mandalay lies at the end of the Lashio Road and it is, by Burmese standards, relatively prosperous as a centre for trade with China and as a centre for the growing trade with India. Despite the capital having been moved to Naypyidaw, Mandalay remains by far the main commercial centre of Upper Myanmar.

Top Tours & Activities in Mandalay

Half Day Excursion To Mingun

Enjoy picturesque scenery and the daily lifestyles of the local people. And see types of wooden boats and bamboo rafts, busying in up and down the river.

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Explore Heritage & Islands Of Myanmar 7 Day Trip

Mandalay is the last capital of the Burmese kingdom and second largest city, nowadays cultural and arts as well as the trade center of the country.

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Half Day Mandalay City Tour

Mandalay is the last capital of the Burmese kingdom and second largest city, nowadays cultural and arts as well as the trade center of the country.

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Full Day Explore Old And Ruins Royal Capital (Amarapura, Ava & Sagaing)

SAGAING HILL is home of 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, and is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. From the SAGAING HILLS, enjoy magnificent views overlooking the river and hill side covered with countless pagodas.

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Full Day Mandalay Impression City Tour

Mandalay is the last capital of the Burmese kingdom and second largest city, nowadays cultural and arts as well as the trade center of the country.

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Full Day Excursion To Colonial Hill Station Town (Pyin Oo Lwin)

The former British hill station of Maymyo, now officially called Pyin Oo Lwin, a delightful small town of colonial-style buildings, markets, and a botanical garden. The town is located on a plateau 1000m above sea level and renowned for its cooler temperatures.

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Good To Know

Language
Burmese
Currency
kyat
Time Zone
UTC+06:30
Country Phone Code
+95
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