Though Yangon is the present capital, Mandalay in Burma, or the “City of Gems”- according to the meaning of its former “Yadana Pon”, remains the country’s cultural center. Situated in the heart of the Upper Burma – Myanmar, Mandalay is the economic and religious center of upper Burma. Being an old capital of Burma Kings, founded in 1857 by King Mindon, Mandalay is abundantly rich in historical memorials and Buddhist monuments as well. The pride of Mandalay is the Royal Palace. It was the seat of the last Konebaung Dynasty, burnt down by bombs during the Second World War and now reconstructed to its present glory. A number of cities can be explored in its vicinity such as Amarapura (the city of immortality), Ava (golden era of Burma literature) and Sagaing – a perfect place to retreat from the stir of life.
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Places to visit Mandalay in Burma
Excursion around Mandalay
U Bein’s bridge is a teak structure that stretches almost 1,200 meters across the Taungthaman Lake, near the ancient Burmese capital of Amarapura. It is said to be the longest and oldest teakwood bridge in the world. The bridge was built in the mid 1800’s by the mayor U Bein by salvaging unwanted teak columns from the old palace when the reigning King Mindon decided to move the capital to Mandalay in Burma.
Accommodation suggestions Mandalay in Burma
- Mandalay Hill Resort (5* hotel)
- Sedona Mandalay Hotel (5* hotel)
- Rupar Mandalar Resort (4* hotel)
- Hotel Mandalay (4* hotel)
- Ayarwaddy River View Hotel (3* hotel)
- Mandalay City Hotel (3* hotel)