Attractions

Top Choice Landmark in Mandalay

Mandalay Hill

To get a sense of Mandalay’s pancake-flat sprawl, climb the 760ft hill that breaks it. The walk up covered stairways on the hill's southern slope is a major part of the experience; note that you'll need to go barefo…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Mandalay

Shwe In Bin Kyaung

A meditative departure from the usual Burmese 'douse-it-all-in-gold-and-pastels' aesthetic, this gorgeously carved teak monastery is beloved by tourists and locals. Commissioned in 1895 by a pair of wealthy Chinese …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Mandalay

Mahamuni Paya

Every day, thousands of colourfully dressed faithful venerate Mahamuni's 13ft-tall seated Buddha, a nationally celebrated image that’s popularly believed to be some 2000 years old. Centuries of votary gold leaf appl…
Top Choice Area in Mandalay

Yankin Hill

Staring distantly towards Mandalay Palace, merrily temple-topped Yankin Hill is mostly worth climbing for views of greater Mandalay's rice-field setting and of the Shan foothills behind. After a 10-minute climb via …
Palace in Mandalay

Mandalay 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 palac…
Ruins in Mandalay

Ta Moke Shwe Gu Gyi

This enormous temple complex is one of the finest archaeological sites in the country outside Bagan or Mrauk-U, but its remoteness and on-site lack of English signage make a visit challenging. Still, even without in…
Market in Mandalay

Jade Market

Rock dust and cheroot smoke fill the air in this heaving grid of cramped walkways, where you'll find a shoulder-to-shoulder mass of jade traders haggling, hawking and polishing their wares. There's a US$1 entry (not…
Buddhist Stupa in Mandalay

Pinya Stupa Ruins

Possibly Myanmar's most forgotten ancient capital, Pinya rose to prominence in 1303 in the aftermath of the last wave of Mongol attacks. Its founder was upstart governor-king Thihathu, whose son, Athingaraza Sawyun,…
Buddhist Monastery in Mandalay

Shwenandaw 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 Pal…
Buddhist Temple in Mandalay

Shwekyimyint Paya

Founded in 1167 by Prince Minshinzaw, exiled son of King Alaungsithu, Shwekyimyint considerably predates Mandalay itself. Minshinzaw consecrated the central sitting Buddha image that's roughly life-sized and crusted…