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Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery, Mandalay

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Admire the spectacular Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery, an impressive example of Burmese monastery architecture. Built in 1818 by Queen Me Nu as the residence of the royal abbott, the building veered away from tradition and was built using masonry rather than wood, giving it the nickname "the brick monastery." Photographers will relish the opportunity to explore this marvellous structure, which offers the finest brickwork decorated with flora and stucco. Follow inner passageways to uncover several Buddha images. Surrounding the monastery, you’ll find golden-topped white stupas of various sizes. To visit Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery on your trip to Mandalay, use our Mandalay vacation planner.
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  • A lot of tourists go there by carriage. Don't encourage this, horses are not well treated, they stay tied to 1 meter of rope all day long when they are not used to drive tourists, without any water. W...  more »
  • it is worth walking all the way around this vast building as it is remarkably beautiful. Nip in and out of the "cloister" corridors for long vistas down the dark corridors. We made this as the second ...  more »
  • Bonzan Monastery is a fine example of Burmese monastery architecture during the Konbaung dynasty (1752 to 1885). This monastery is built by bricks so it is also known as the Brick Monastery. Particula...  more »

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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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