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Mandalay

3.8
Architectural Buildings · Lookouts · Sacred & Religious Sites
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration. Though given an almost mythical air in a poem by Rudyard Kipling, the city was only established in 1857, and ruled by only one other king after the death of its founder, King Mingdon. Still, the city yields much more than the uninspiring architecture and hectic roads that dominate first impressions: sightseeing in Mandalay will reveal hidden temples, pagodas, mosques, and markets. While not as old as its reputation would have you believe, the city still represents the last flurrying displays of power, style, and wealth of the kings of Upper Burma. As such, it contains plenty of treasures, bold architecture, and a continued relevance to the contemporary nation state. Use our Myanmar trip planner to arrange your visit to Mandalay and other destinations in Myanmar.
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Popular things to do in Mandalay

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Shwenandaw Monastery ©
Architectural Building
Shwenandaw Monastery
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book ©
Architectural Building
Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Mahamuni Image ©
Monument
Mahamuni Image
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Mandalay Hill ©
Lookout
Mandalay Hill
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Mandalay

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Mandalay Palace ©
Historic Site
Mandalay Palace
1.6
Duration: 2 hours
Pahtodawgyi ©
Religious Site
Pahtodawgyi
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Bagaya Monastery ©
Religious Site
Bagaya Monastery
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery ©
Religious Site
Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Mandalay

U Bein Bridge ©
Bridge
U Bein Bridge Amarapura
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
Hsinbyume Pagoda ©
Architectural Building
Hsinbyume Pagoda Mingun
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Mandalay In Bloom Travels & Tours
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Mandalay In Bloom Travels & Tours Mandalay Region
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Mandalay

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Food Tour
Food Tours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Sanda Muni Paya ©
Religious Site
Sanda Muni Paya
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
Maha Myat Muni Pagoda- Mahamuni Buddha Temple ©
Religious Site
Maha Myat Muni Pagoda- Mahamuni Buddha Temple
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Mandalay

Soe Moe Myanmar Handicrafts ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Soe Moe Myanmar Handicrafts
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Jade Market ©
Flea Market
Jade Market
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
MOE GEMS JEWELLERY
Gift & Specialty Shop
MOE GEMS JEWELLERY
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
King Galon Gold Leaf Workshop ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
King Galon Gold Leaf Workshop
3.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Theme Parks in Mandalay

Little Stars Water Park ©
Water / Amusement Park
Little Stars Water Park
3.8
Duration: 8 hours