Shopping in Mingun’s craft shops and art galleries
Stone carving workshop
Gold leaf making workshop
Sunset from Mandalay Hill
Our service includes:
Round-trip transportation between hotel and sites
Boat fees to and from Mingun
Transportation by small truck to the top of Mandalay Hill
Experienced and fluent English-speaking guide
Day 1: Mandalay -Mingun-Mandalay
Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby at 8:00 a.m. and transport you the bustling Gaw Win Jetty where you will board a local boat to sail north about one hour to visit the riverside village of Mingun.
Upon your arrival in Mingun you will view the unfinished massive remains of Mingun Pathtodawgyi which was to be the world’s largest stupa. The massive brick structure begun in 1790 now stands at about one third of the height originally planned by King Bodawpaya.
A short walk trough the many village’s small shops and art galleries will take you to visit the world second-largest uncracked bell, the Mingun Bell, that weighs in at about 90 tons.
Your tour will continue to see the beautiful Hsinbyume Pagoda who’s white terraced design is said resemble a western wedding cake. You will then have some time to explore and shop on your own before your boat will return you to Mandalay.
Your first stop in Mandalay is one of the most holy Buddhist sites in all of Myanmar the Mahamuni Pagoda.
At its center stands a bronze Buddha image that is believed to have been cast in front of the Buddha himself. This ancient statute has today been gilded with over 15 tons of gold leaf applied by pilgrims through the years.
In the area of Mahamuni Pagoda your driver will take you to explore two of Mandalay’s most famous local crafts. Here you will explore an area that contains hundreds of workshops that do intricate stone carving and you will also visit a gold leaf workshop to observe the process of how gold is pounded with heavy hammers by workers into the thin sheets of gold leaf.
You will then be transported to the Shwenandaw Monastery and the last original wooded structure from the Mandalay Royal Palace.
This ornately carved teak building was once the personal living quarters of the King which upon his death was moved to its current location and converted into a monastery.
Next you will explore Mandalay’s only World Heritage site the Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as the world’s largest book. Within the grounds of this pagoda are 729 carved marble slab inscribed on both sides with Buddhist teachings.
Finally your last stop of the day will be the top of Mandalay Hill. From this hilltop you will enjoy expansive views of the city below, the surrounding countryside, as well as the mighty Irrawaddy River with the sunset beyond.
You will then meet your driver at approximately 6:00 p.m. to be transported back to your hotel.
Note: before you may enter this holy site you must be properly dressed with your shoulders and knees covered. You will also be required to remove your shoes and socks to enter all Buddhist temples in Myanmar.