Mandalay Region

Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar after Yangon, and a former capital of Myanmar. It is located in the center of the country, bordering Sagaing Region and Magway Region to the west, Shan State to the east, and Bago Region and Kayin State to the south. The regional capital is Mandalay. It is easily accessible by airways, railways, motor ways and water transport.

As it was the capital of last Myanmar kings, Mandalay inherits many cultural heritage. The city is religious hub of upper Myanmar and half of Myanmar’s monks reside in Mandalay and the surrounding areas. Mahamuni Buddha temple, one of Myanmar’s most important religious sites, is the magnificent of Mandalay. Mandalay Hill, a natural watch tower, where can enjoy the stunning panoramic landscape of the city is the best place to enjoy the beautiful sunset.

U Bein Bridge, the longest teak wood bridge in the world, is in Amarapura ancient city near Mandalay. Singaing Hills which has numerous pagodas, monasteries and meditation centers is known as a peaceful place for Buddhist studies. It is also the place where is able to enjoy the beauty of majestic Irrewady River and Sagaing Hills itself.

PyinOoLwin and Monywa are the famous tourist destinations close to Mandalay. PyinOoLwin, a beautiful hill station town, is well known for its botanical garden, huge colonial houses, waterfalls & beautiful scenery of natural environment. Monywa is home to the huge Buddha images and limestone caves which has the beautiful mural paintings. 

Attraction Places
Mandalay Hill

It is one of the magnificent attractions of Mandalay. The hill offers a panoramic landscape view over the Mandalay and surroundings. The summit viewpoint is especially popular at sunset when young monks converge on foreigners for language practice.

Shwe Inbin Monastery

This gorgeously carved teak monastery is beloved by tourists and locals. Commissioned in 1895 by a pair of wealthy Chinese jade merchants, the central building stands on tree-trunk poles and the interior has a soaring dark majesty. Balustrades and roof cornices are covered in detailed engravings, a few of them mildly humorous.

Mahamuni Pagoda

The pagoda is believed to be some 2000 years old. It is one of the three most scared religious sites in Myanmar, along with Shwedagon Pagoda and Golden Rock. Centuries of votary gold leaf applied by male devotees has left the figure knobby with a 6in layer of pure gold. The face washing ceremony to Pagoda is hold every early morning at 4AM. 

Mandalay Royal Palace

The 1990s reconstruction of Mandalay's royal palace features more than 40 timber buildings built to resemble the 1850s originals. Climb the curious spiral, timber-walled watchtower for a good general view. The palace's most striking structure is a soaring multilayered pyramid of gilt filigree above the main throne room. 

Ta Moke Shwegu Gyi

This enormous temple complex is one of the finest archaeological sites in Myanmar. It is a fascinating spot, anchored by a two-story temple marked by sturdy brickwork and magnificent stucco reliefs. Some of the latter include scenes from the life of the Buddha, as well as depictions of animals, plants and mythological beings.

Shwenantaw Kyaung

Lavished in carved panels, this fine teak monastery-temple is noted for its carvings, particularly the interior gilded Jataka scenes (past-life stories of the Buddha). The building once stood within the Mandalay Palace complex as the royal apartment of King Mindon, who died inside it in 1878.

Atumashi Kyaungtawgyi

This unusually shaped temple is a series of diminishing stupa-dotted terraces over an arched base decorated with peacock motifs. When built in 1857, it housed a famous Buddha Image with a huge diamond set on its forehead. However, the image was stolen following the 1885 British takeover, and the monastery was gutted by fire five years later. 

Kuthodaw Pagoda

Kuthodaw Pagoda, the world’s biggest book, is well-known for its 729 slabs that retell the Tripitaka canon, which is effectively part of the Buddhist Bible. 

Yankin Hill

Yangkin Hill is mostly worth climbing for views of greater Mandalay's rice-field setting and of the Shan foothills behind. 

U Bein Bridge

The world’s longest teak footbridge gently curves 1300yd across shallow Taungthaman Lake, creating one of Myanmar’s most photographed sites. In dry season it feels surreally high and mostly crosses seasonal vegetable gardens. But after the summer rains, the area becomes a big lake and water laps just below the floor planks. 

Mahaganaryone Monastery

It is one of the few places where can learn about the Buddhist monks' lifestyle. The monastery is very famous for its restricted disciplines and systematic manner of the monks. Although more than a thousand young monks have their meals together, it is totally silence and systematically in accordance with Buddha's teaching.

Bagayar Monastery

This early 19th century monastery is famous for its plenty of flying wooden filigree roof work, a substantial ancient library of Pali scripts, plus a museum of 19th-century Buddha images.

Jade Pagoda

It is reputedly the world’s first pagoda built entirely out of jade. It's a sight to behold in the evening, when it radiates a soft green glow that’s almost otherworldly.

Lin Zin Kone Cemetery

When Inwa-based King Hsinbyushin sacked Ayuthaya in today's Thailand, he reputedly returned with thousands of prisoners including the Ayuthayan King Udombhara who became a local monk. When Udombhara died nearly 30 years later, was buried in a grand tomb.

Maha Aungmyae Bonezan Monastery

This 1822 royal monastery temple is a rare survivor from the Ava era. The faded, sturdy structure looks very attractive in cleverly taken photographs, but in the harsh midday sun the main attraction is the cool afforded by its ultra-thick walls and the bats flitting through its empty undercroft. 

Nan Myint Tower

All that remains of King Bagyidaw’s palace complex is this 90ft ‘leaning tower of Inwa’, shattered but patched up and still standing after the 1838 earthquake. The watchtower is neither beautiful nor especially high, but wide views from the top are great for bearings amid the widely scattered sights.

Mingun Pahtodawgyi

The Mingun Pagoda is a massive unfinished pagoda built at the end of the 18th century. Although it was built to be the largest pagoda in the country, the project was stopped when King Bodawpaya died in 1819. But the result is still a huge structure and often described as the world’s largest pile of bricks. There's a steep staircase to the top to enjoy amazing views of the countryside.

Mingun Bell

This bronze bell weighing 55,555 viss (90 tonnes) is the second largest bell in the world after the giant bell of Pingdingshan in China. 

Myatheindan Pagoda

Known as the Taj Mahal of Myanmar, the pagoda was built by King Bagyidaw in 1861. This unusual pagoda rises in seven wavy, whitewashed terraces representing the seven mountain ranges around Mt Meru – the mountain at the center of the Buddhist universe

Sin Kyone Fortresses

This 19th-century fortresses that failed to prevent the British conquest in 1885. Two canons and the moated square bastions are all that remain, and the view back to Sagaing Hills is attractive. 


Located on the western banks of the Irrawaddy, Sagaing is another ancient capital of Myanmar. It is famous for its many hundreds of white, silver and gold pagodas and monasteries that dot its hilly landscape. Sonooponenyashin Pagoda is on the top of the hill where is the best place to enjoy the beautiful panoramic landscape of majestic Issawaddy River and Sagaing Hills itself.

Kaung Mhu Taw Pagoda

This huge dome shaped pagoda stands out among more traditional-style, pyramid-shaped Myanmar pagodas. At the base of the pagoda there are 812 stone pillars, each one with a hollow and an image of a Nat in it.  The pagoda is an important pilgrimage and tourist destination in the Sagaing area.

Thanboddha Pagoda

This colorful, modern temple is famed for its staggering number of buddha images as well as its carnivalesque exterior, with a unique roof layered with rows of gilt mini-stupas. The multi-arched temple interior is plastered with so many Buddha images (5,823,631 according to temple guardians), large and small, that it feels like you're walking through a Buddha house of mirrors.

Boditahtaung Pagoda

The pagoda gets it names from its 1000 Bodhi trees with sitting Buddha images. It is home to the 424ft standing Buddha Image which has 31 stories that represent the 31 planes of existence. It is the second tallest standing Buddha Image in the world after Spring Temple Buddha in China and it utterly dominates the landscape for miles around. 

Phoe Win Hill

Monywa's biggest draw for culture vultures, this rural complex of 492 Buddha chambers was carved into a limestone hillside between the 14th and 18th centuries. Some of them has retained some colorful, well-executed murals.

Shwe Ba Hill

Shwe Ba Hill is located on the west bank of Chindwin River just beyond the Pho Win Hill. Many caves and temples are carved out from the surrounding volcanic rocks and filled with ancient Buddha Images. 13th century mural paintings can be seen in some of the caves inside walls.  

Alaung Taw Katapha

It is one of the most famous religious sites in the country, located in the center of the Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park which is the largest national park in Myanmar. In the middle of the forest is a pilgrimage place, a pagoda erected over a cave tomb shrine for a monk. Trekking through the beautiful jungle is a worthwhile visit for natural lovers.

Twin Taung

It is a natural lake where has the very rare Spirulina, used in cosmetic and medical products. There is a Spirulina production factory near to the lake. The scenery around this beautiful lake is also breathtaking and worth to visit.

National Kandawgyi Garden

Founded in 1915, this lovingly maintained 435-acre botanical garden features more than 480 species of flowers, shrubs and trees. The garden has aviary, orchid garden and butterfly museum and the bizarre Nan Myint Tower to enjoy the bird-eyes view over the beautiful garden.

Maha Ant Htoo Kan Tar Pagoda

It enshrines an enormous 17-ton white marble Buddha statue that fell off a truck while taking it to China in April 1997. After several attempts to retrieve the Buddha failed, it was decided that the statue 'had decided to stay in Myanmar'. 

Colonial Houses

As it was the famous hill station for British Governors during the colonial era, PyinOoLwin has a lot of beautiful huge colonial houses. Some of them are operated as hotels & resorts. Nan Myaing Hotel, Gandamar Myaing Hotel & Candacraig Hotel are the most famous.

Chang Tak Chinese Temple

This large, classically styled, Chinese temple comes complete with ornate stucco dragons, rock gardens, a vegetarian buffet restaurant, landscaped ponds and a seven-tiered Chinese-style pagoda. It was built by Chinese Yunanese immigrants.

Anesakan Falls

It is truly a pleasure for stepping down among the calm expanse of green mountain ranges in cool climate. The waterfall has three levels and the view of the lowest level becomes increasingly delightful. Winter is the best time to take photos when the water amount is less and it doesn’t splash too much.

Paik Chin Myaung Cave

It is a long limestone cave filled with so many Buddha images and pagodas in various sizes and position at every corners and niches. Inside the cave, there are many underground springs flowing from different directions. It is the famous picnic spot among locals.

Pwe Kauk Waterfalls

Pwe Kauk or B.E waterfalls is also known as Hampshire Falls in British times. It is stunned with its natural beauty and breathtaking scenery. There is a market besides waterfalls where can buy local products such as wines, strawberry jams, fruits and flowers etc. 

National Landmarks Garden

This extensive hilly park is dotted with representations of famous landmarks from around the country. There is also an amusement park just to the north.


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