Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar. It is known primarily for its Buddhism heritage. Among many temples, pagodas, and other traditional structures, the city plays host to the last royal palace of the last monarchy when Myanmar was still Burma. For that alone, people add Mandalay Fort to their itinerary to have the best experience of the country.
Another top attraction in the city is the Shwenandaw Monastery, a 19th Century structure first built as a royal apartment. Everything about the monastery is impressive; the carvings and sculptures on teak wood are exceptional. Like most destinations in Myanmar, Mandalay also boasts several pretty pagodas worth visiting. They include the KuThoDaw Pagoda and Sanda Muni Pagoda, located at the foot of the Mandalay Hill. If the pagodas are attractive enough, Mandalay Hill is drawing interest on its own, especially among pilgrims. It has been serving locals for over two centuries.
Mandalay is a fantastic side trip to add to your Myanmar itinerary. The city is a gateway for tourists who want to get to Myanmar’s best spots. Mandalay International Airport also serves direct flights to Singapore, India, China, and Thailand.
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