Sparkling Pagodas in Mandalay

I thought I’d had my fill of temples in Thailand, but oh boy, was I wrong. The pagodas in Myanmar were something else, particularly in Mandalay where there seems to be an especially high concentration of them!

On my first full day that I spent in Mandalay, I trod barefoot across the wooden floorboards of the 19th Century Shwenandaw Monastery

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Walked amongst the white-washed shrines of the KuthodawPagodaa. Each shrine houses inscribed tablets, which together make up the world largest book…

My guide hilariously coached me through various poses as I looked “too boring”! He would tell me where to stand and constantly say “no no, like this” showing me how to stand and what to do.

I was half blinded by the sun glare bouncing off the golden stupa of the Sandamuni pagoda

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I perched high above the city on the crumbling walls of an out of use pagoda that my guide took me to

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Explored glistening temples decorated with mosaics of coloured tiles and mirrors

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The Su Taung Pyai pagoda on Mandalay Hill, where I sat with my guide, ate cake and tried to learn how to count to ten in Burmese.

I then met a group of young female monks collecting alms…

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and had my face painted with Thanaka

I finished the day by ringing the Mingun Bell (once the largest ringing bell in the world)

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and being graciously hosted for a traditional dinner next to the river, which sounds rather lovely and romantic but in reality resulted in lots of bugs.

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I wish the photos weren’t so awful! Fried fish with dipping sauces, vegetables, rice and a whole fish baked in a coriander paste (which was possibly the best fish I have ever tasted).

 

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