Mingun Travel Guide

Mingun Travel Guide

If you are ready to go to Mandalay, the journey would not be complete without visiting Mingun, one of the four ancient capitals that sit outside of Mandalay, located several kilometers up the Ayeyarwady River. The breathtaking temples, country lanes and a delightful boat trip will keep you in another peaceful land of Myanmar. Definitely, it is a perfect destination for those who want to get away from city life.

A tour of Mingun will refresh you with the impressive trio of attractions: Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mingun Bell, and Mingun Pagoda. White in color, Hsinbyume Pagoda distinguishes itself from the other pagodas in Myanmar for its seven terraces shaped like waves, which represent the seven mountain ranges surrounding Mount Meru. It's said that Mingun Bell is one of the largest ringing bells in the world weighing 55,555 viss (90 tonnes), and you can stand under the bell to feel what a big size it is. Besides, the Mingun Pagoda, an unfinished stupa, is known as the largest pile of bricks in the world.

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The Mingun Pagoda looked like a giant rock damaged by the earthquake. It was designed for 150 meters high, but only one-third of the intended height was complete. Even though it still holds the record for the largest pile of bricks worldwide. You may climb the stairs aside, move to the top, and enjoy the sight from height.

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    A fascinating, impressive monument lies to the Irrawaddy river. Hsinbyume Pagoda was built to memorize Princess Hsinbyume, known as princess White Elephant. The dreamful white color and the unique architectural style make the Pagoda a perfect place for photographs—especially the undulating balustrades and the shrine at the top.

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    The second-largest ring bell in the world sits quietly on a main street in Mingun. Children play in the street, local musicians perform here as well, and you can find a lot of local food here. Try banging the bell to ring it in a proper manner that local people are willing to teach you. Or, crawling down in the bell, you will find it is surprisingly quiet, like a little Eden inside your heart.

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