Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery, Mandalay

Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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. Add Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery to your Mandalay travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Mandalay tour builder website.
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  • Most of the talk about a visit to Innwa area is Bagaya monastery, I found this one much more impressive. It looks abandoned and unloved, no attempt at cleaning it or the grounds, but that doesn't...  more »
  • This is a lovely Monastery built by one of the Burmese Queens, I think. It's a really lovely complex with beautiful, intricate carving in lovely warm toned yellow stone. I loved the tricky little...  more »
  • A beautiful idea materialised into a beautiful temple. From all sides this is a solid and intricately carved edifice.  more »
  • A nice monastery build if brick like every monument in this stone free region. The monastery contains a series of arched corridors at 90 degrees to each other. This creates interesting perspective for photographs. Interestingly they didn't seem to know about vaulted arches and all is build with step arches. A little market below offers some opportunity to take colorful picture of people. This can be visited with shoes!!
  • Donated by a Queen named Mae Nuin 18 century.That is why some say Mae Nu Oak Kyaung which means brick monastry donated by Mae Nu.Beutiful building.
  • Beautiful 18th century monastery located in Inwa. It is by the far the most impressive sight in Inwa and should not be missed. Built as a masonry replica of wooden monasteries of that age, it has survived the March 1839 earthquake and is in good condition.
  • Legacy of Koung Bong Dynasty and have brutal dark side stories .
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