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. To visit Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book on your trip to Mandalay, use our Mandalay vacation planner.
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  • Definitely worth a visit as the Pagoda houses the world's largest book spread over many acres and the overall site is very impressive. Important to visit the site in a guided tour to appreciate the hi...  more »
  • Certainly not the "worlds largest book" in the way a westerner would think of it, as there are written tablets throughout in small temples. It's certainly a fascinating place to have a look at Myanmar...  more »
  • This place is a bit of a photographers playground with the endless rows of repeating identical marble-white structures off into the distance. Well worth a visit, though everybody else also has the sam...  more »