Sandamuni Paya


At this shrine, you'll find 1774 ensconced marble slabs inscribed with commentaries on the Tripitika (Buddhist scriptures). Along with the stone slabs at Kuthodaw Paya (admission includes entrance here), these stone tablets are often deemed the ‘world’s biggest book’.

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2. Kuthodaw Paya

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Kuthodaw Paya, aka the ‘world’s biggest book’, draws tour-bus crowds to see its 729 slabs that retell the Tripitaka canon, which is effectively part of…

3. Kyauktawgyi Paya

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At the heart of this large 19th-century complex is a 900-tonne buddha, 26ft tall and dressed in royal attire. Carved from a single block of marble, it…

4. Atumashi Kyaungdawgyi

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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…

6. Shwenandaw Kyaung

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This fine teak monastery-temple is noted for its carvings, particularly the interior gilded scenes from the Jataka (past-life stories of the Buddha). The…

7. Peshawar Relics

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Three tiny shards of bone, believed to be Buddha relics, were discovered in 1908 by British archaeologists at the site of a once-great ancient stupa at…

8. Standing Buddha


This Buddha statue on Mandalay Hill points towards the royal palace.