Mahamuni Pagoda, Mandalay

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An imposing gilt mountain-temple with arched walls painted red, gold, and white, Mahamuni Pagoda features the most revered Buddha image in Myanmar. Believed to have been made during Buddha's lifetime, the 3.8 m (12.5 ft) high statue sits on a tall pedestal and weighs 6.5 tons; over the ages, countless gold leaves pasted by devotees have in fact disfigured the statue. Admire its golden crown decorated with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, and the spectacular seven-tiered roof rising above. The 18th-century temple grounds also house a museum of history of Buddhism. Using our international travel planner, Mandalay attractions like Mahamuni Pagoda can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 14, 2017
    To my was the pagoda which I most liked. It has very large, very tidy dimensions, a beautiful dome and a Buddha inside coated in sheets of gold and a lot of people attending it and many sellers in the surroundings. visit recommended
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  • August 11, 2017
    Shreya 10 August 2017 Mandalay with the Guide enjoyed this temple with Buddha covered with gold leaf
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  • August 8, 2017
    Over the years, and after millions of sheets of gold, the statue has lost the original form, and is a little grotesque. The pagoda itself is beautiful inside, patios, Interior temples, campaign and the own statue of Buddha, and there is a devotion by the faithful impressive. What I didn't like, as in other temples of Buddha, is that women may not come to see the statue of Buddha. You have to pay for taking pictures inside, and cannot be accessed with shorts.
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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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