Mandalay: History revisited
There are some towns in Myanmar which are reminder of an era gone by. They signify what once Myanmar was. The legacy can still be witnessed in these towns.
One such town is the Mandalay.
This is located on the Eastern bank of River Ayeyarwaddy at a distance of 668 km from Yangon. The place was commissioned by King Mindon in 1857. The king is famous for ruling so wisely that people still have stories of him describing his peaceful rule.
The area is a cultural and architectural master-piece and represents the now ruined civilization of those times. The society was highly civilized as suggested by the ruines and even had proper civilized functionaries. Some of the buildings/palaces situated in the region are famous for their architecture. It was one of Asia’s richest cultural Hot-spots in the 18th century
The most famous places to be visited are mentioned below.
The Golden palace: This is a grand structure with a total of 114 buildings and is primarily made up of small brick walls. It is centrally located in the city and the whole ancient city surrounded it. All the inside walls have beautiful art work consisting of flowers and symbols. The intricate details can still be seen. There are also old thrones resembling various figures such as Lion and peacock.
Mahamyat Muni Image: This was built by King Bodaw Paya in 1784. This is a famous spiritual place in Mandalay and is visited everyday by many religious minded persons.
Mandalay hill: This is the range around Mandaly. It is 230 m elevated giving a beautiful panoramic view of the scenic city.
U Bein Bridge: This Bridge is built over Taung Tha Man Lake. The scenic lake can be seen from the middle of the bridge and it makes for a nice pictorial spot.
Atumashi Monastery: This is place for the seekers of spiritual guidance. The monastery is the most visited spot in Mandalay. This monastery is believed to have been built during the Lord Buddha period. Further it is said that Lord Buddha himself paid a visit to this place.
Mandalay represents a fine blend of old and modern existing simultaneously. The town is a nice weekend stopover.