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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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  • The yellow color of the walls with the gray accents by the weathering give a nice patina the monastery even from the outside and inside Angkor. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to make field recordings without having other tourists in the image – long live Photoshop! Inside it is quieter and almost more important - a lot cooler, what plays a role in 36 degrees in the shade. Apparently we're not the only ones who think so, tourist because I found a local sleeping peacefully in a corner of the monastery.
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  • This monastery is definitely worth it. Special place, but........ Site and the complex are poorly maintained. Without shoes is the look out where you walk, much junk. Inwa I find a typical tourist trap. Very crowded, given the dozens of horse carts that came with the spring ferry are waiting. The cost: up to 10,000 kyats for 2 people, but then you have 2 hours driving around on this island. In addition another 10,000 p.p. entrance fee and 2400 for the ferry. You have to be a very good back, do you want two hours in this small carts. No place for your legs, you have to sit crooked and is permanently shaken back and forth. After 1 attraction, the monastery, we had seen and its weather gone back. Once again the monastery is nice, but I wouldn't do it again. Incidentally the entrance tickets have some days valid for multiple attractions, also in Mandalay. Good initiative!
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  • Plenty of people ride to this place by horse-drawn carriage, but this place is very close to pier, so we recommend to use your own legs:) Local people always talk to tourist, that place is so far and ...  more »