This full day tour will bring you across the Irrawaddy River for an exploration of the village of Mingun boasting some of the most monumental sites of Mandalay region. A quiet excursion outside of Mandalay, along the river, where you will learn surprising stories about Mandalay’s past Kings.
HighlightsPrivate tourKnowledgeable and friendly guideCruise on the IrrawaddyGet away from the hustle and bustle of MandalayInteresting history and legends from the Kings Your guide will arrive to your hotel (within city area) in the morning for your visit to Mingun for the full day.Head off to Mandalay jetty and embark on a local boat for a relaxed 1 hour journey on the Irrawaddy River to Mingun. Experience the sights and sounds of Mingun, starting with the celebrated Mingun Paya, which would have been the world’s largest (if King Bodawpaya hadn’t stop the construction before it was finished). The construction of this enormous brick building was halted after a fortune-teller predicted the King’s death upon completion. An earthquake that hit on March 1839, split the monument and reduced it to partial rubble – it’s possibly the world’s largest pile of bricks.Then hop on over to the Mingun Bell that weighs 90 tons and is claimed to be the world’s largest hung, uncracked bell still capable of ringing. Continue your exploration of Mingun and reach after few meters, the gorgeous alabaster Hsinbyume Pagoda, an unusual stupa with a couple of stories behind it. It’s supposedly a representation of the Sulamani Paya which according to the Buddhist plan of the cosmos, stands atop Mount Meru (the mountain that stands at the centre of the universe). Built in 1816 by Bodawpaya's grandson and successor Bagyidaw, it was dedicated to the memory of his first consort Princess Hsinbyume (Lady of the White Elephant, granddaughter of Bodawpaya, 1789–1812) who died in childbirth. You will then take the boat back to Mandalay.Visit to the Mahamuni Pagoda. This pagoda houses one of the country’s most honored Buddha images, completely covered in gold leaves that are every day applied to the statue by male devotees. Proceed to Kuthodaw Pagoda, frequently dubbed as “The World’s Biggest Book” for its collection of 729 marble slabs inscribed with Buddhist teachings. Directly south of Mandalay Hill stands the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, known as the pagoda of the Great Marble Image. Admire the huge Buddha, carved from a single block of marble. It’s said that the colossal marble block took 10,000 men almost two weeks to transport it from the riverside to its current location. Then it’s off to the Shwenandaw Monastery, the Golden Monastery which is the only enduring structure from the Royal Palace of the 19th century. This impressive structure is celebrated for its remarkable woodcarvings.After the full day excursion, transfer back to your hotel by ending the tour.