Posted by: lindsaygoes | January 6, 2015

Myanmar – journeys in Mandalay

Markets, Mandalay, Myanmar

On our full day in Mandalay we started with a walk around, we spent some time in some local markets which were very interesting, full of fresh produce, dried fish, local herbal shampoos and more. We also gave some food to some young Buddhist nuns who were collecting offerings. Nuns collecting offerings, Markets, Mandalay, Myanmar

Then we hopped on a local truck and visited Shwenandaw Monastery, which is completely made of teak and is the largest remaining building from the original Royal Palace in Mandalay, and full of amazing wooden carvings. Then we visited the statue making area, where we watched Buddha statues being carved from rock, details added, and being washed. We also saw an amazing street artist making small paintings in about five minutes. He would dab or sponge some paint on and then use a knife to carve out the details. Really impressive, both the speed and artistry. Statue making in Mandalay, Myanmar

Our next stop was the Mahamuni Buddha Temple, which houses the Mahamuni Buddha, which is reportedly one of five Buddha images created during Buddha’s lifetime. It is highly venerated, and though women aren’t allowed to approach it, when looking from the side, it is covered in thick layers of gold leaf, placed there by Buddhists over many years. It was fitting that our next stop was a gold leaf workshop where we saw them pounding layers of gold into thinner and thinner sheets. It was incredible how many sheets of gold they could get from one small gold bar.

We then visited the outside of the Royal Palace.

In the afternoon we went to Kuthodaw Pagoda, which contains the world’s largest book, each page inscribed on a stone tablet, and placed into an individual stupa. It was one of my favourite pagodas in Myanmar, really peaceful to walk around. From Kuthodaw Pagoda we went to Mandalay Hill and climbed to Sutaungpyei Pagoda where we watched the sunset. Kuthodaw Pagoda, Words Largest Book, Mandalay, Myanmar



  1. Lovely pagoda arches.

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