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. Our Mandalay trip planner makes visiting Mahamuni Pagoda and other Mandalay attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I was wondering thorough the streets of Mandalay one evening of april the trees were full the Myanmar traditional paduk pan .It was then i decided to visit this beautiful amazing pogpda or some called...  more »
  • Try to visit this pagoda, you'll be impressed by the atmosphere at this site (no shorts, tanktops etc...allowed) but they'll offer you sarong to cover yourself up. Westerns & non-buddhists probably ca...  more »
  • Very crowded with faithful however silent there seemed perhaps the least impressive of the many holy places here in Mandalay. Still worth a visit.
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  • A very nice place to visit before you go to Mandalay Hills. Many local people and student visit in a group.
  • Photogenic from afar and up close. Thanaka face paint is offered by the staff. The largest book in the world - each spire is inscribed.
  • Super photogenic! Other than the fact that this is the world's largest book, it is also a super photogenic place for you to get as many great pictures as you want! I love white marble so I love this place!
  • Very serene and peaceful place...loved the concept of the spires being the chapter
  • Kuthodaw Pagoda Kuthodaw Pagoda is located at the base of the southeast stairways to Mandalay Hill. The World's Largest Book The Kuthodaw Pagoda or Maha Lawka Marazein Paya is often called the world’s largest book. It is a large walled complex situated at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill and was built by King Mindon at the same time he was constructing the Royal Palace. Its central stupa is modeled on the Shwezigon at Nyaung U near Bagan. The Kuthodaw Paya (Pagoda), or Maha Lawka Marazein Paya, contains what often is called the world’s largest book. It is a large walled complex situated at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill and was built by King Mindon at the same time he was constructing the Royal Palace. Its central stupa is modeled on the Shwezigon at Nyaung U near Bagan. An on-site carved tablet indicates that the pagoda’s height is 187 ft 9 in, high, while some guide books list it at 100 ft (30 m). The former includes the platform in the measurement. Structure The stupa itself, connected to the outside entry by means of a long corridor, is set in the middle of a thirteen acre field of 729 pitaka pagodas or shrines (Dama Cetis). Each shrine contains a marble slab, inscribed on both sides with the Pali script text of a portion the Tipitaka (Pali spelling, or Tripitaka, in Sanskrit), Theravada Buddhism’s sacred texts. Taken together, they contain the entire text of the Tipitaka and thus form “the world’s largest book.” The slabs were carved from white Sagyin Hill marble found just a few miles north of Mandalay. The work of carving began in October 1860 and was carried out in a special hall within King Mindon’s Royal Palace. Each slab is 5 ft ((1.5 m) by 3.5 ft (1.1 m) wide and 5-6 in. (12.7 – 15 cm) thick. The Buddhist scholar/carvers completed their task in May 1869. If spread out horizontally, the slabs would cover a third of an acre (.1 ha); stacked vertically, the ‘pages’ would rise 340 ft (103 m). Originally the lettering also had a gold leaf veneer. The statistics given here are those given by U Tun Aung Chain, retired Professor of History, Yangon University. Several sources suggest the important role of the Fifth Buddhist Synod, which King Mindon called in 1872, in the development of the Kuthodaw. It perhaps was at this meeting of 2,400 monks from throughout the country that both authenticated the texts and began the construction of the encasing shrines. Credit ; Myanmartravelinformayion

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