Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book, Mandalay

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A magnificent gilded 57 m (188 ft) tall stupa the foot of Mandalay Hill, Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book features a courtyard with 729 white marble shrines, each of which contains a 1.53 m (5 ft) tall slab inscribed on both sides. Walking around these mini-temples built in 1860, you can read the entire Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism. In fact, it took a team of 2,200 monks working in tandem nearly half a year to read all of the stone tablets. Enjoy the serenity of this splendid structure’s inner courtyard, with many Buddha images and flowers. Dress respectfully, making sure not to wear shorts. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book and many more Mandalay attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Mandalay trip itinerary planner .
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  • October 5, 2017
    Recommend you see earlier than Bagan, Mandalay because after seeing so much pagoda already it doesn't impress much. The world's largest book is here written in stone, each guarded under a small temple.
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  • October 4, 2017
    City Tour: just stopping taking pictures where a lot of the locals love. Keep your favorite idea is just blah blah here scale palmandaejanggyeong? is seemed to be larger. Taking pictures from the ingredients are pretty and colourful dressed just like visible path Ronge ㅋ
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  • October 3, 2017
    The ‘book’ is hundreds of stone tablets set out in rows. A great sight and impressive workmanship. The detail is amazing and worth a visit.  more »
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  • July 14, 2017
    The stupas are all desperately in need of restoration. Have to walk around barefoot, yet the floor is absolutely filthy throughout. Around most of Asia the monks find time to sweep and clean, however not here.
  • June 5, 2017
    One of the most beautiful stupas i ever seen. It's located under Mandalay Hills. They reserve the largest book there.
  • December 29, 2016
    Very interesting pagoda. It is open and you feel very comfortable going in, very peaceful. Inside you can walk around, sit and relax, and observe the famous "book" (the biggest in the world). There is also a beautiful tree that you should see.
  • January 5, 2017
    Worlds biggest book they say. Some may ask where the book is? The temple is surrounded by many smaller white pagoda. Which are engraved two sides. That's where the pages are.
  • February 21, 2017
    Location : Mandalay, Burma A golden temple surrounded by hundreds of buddhist stupas and stone tablets that comprise the "world's largest book". Interesting place to visit.

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