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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  • "United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization. Inscribed on the register in 2013. Memory of the World." Quite why the UN has anything to do with this Burmese heritage site is beyond ...  more »
  • The world's largest book, It is in the Kuthodow Pagoda in Mandalay. Each page is a separate Pagoda The book is the sacred Tripitaka and is written on 729 Stones Better if I had some more education bef...  more »
  • the sheer scale and workmanship of this site is so fantastic - try goinf early as it gets busy - and very hot.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool pagoga and all the smaller structures. The white structures contain a slab of scriptures. Many surrounding the pagoda, they are white and look a bit weathered but still a cool sight.
  • You can see thipitaka written on stone plates