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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  • Peaceful ambience not only because of small pagoda each holding big marble rock of Buddhism literature but also because of the trees in the pagoda's compound. But as one visitor suggested, all pagoda ...  more »
  • Intimidated and a total flash, compared to all the temples already visit. Not to be missed on the North of the Thailand
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  • This place is very nice place. Almost everyday we went to this Pagoda. Kuthodaw Pagoda is a world heritage in 2013. 729 Shrines, inside this shrine have marble slabs crafted Buddhist Stories with Parl...  more »
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  • 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.
  • One of the most beautiful stupas i ever seen. It's located under Mandalay Hills. They reserve the largest book there.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Look at the area to the southwest of the royal palace for the main choice of accommodations in Mandalay. Some cushier options sit on the main thoroughfares, offering rooms with balconies overlooking the core architectural and historic sights. A number of basic hotels lie close to the main train station, while budget-friendly guesthouses concentrate in the area around 25th Street. Farther to the west, some hotels have views of the river, while to the east lie lodgings with convenient proximity to major regional highways.
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