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Mingun Temple, Mandalay

(3.9/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
The life's work of an eccentric king, Mingun Temple stands as a testament to a construction project meant to create one of the world's largest shrines. Commissioned in 1790 by King Bodawpaya, the temple never saw completion due to prophetic fears of the king's death should the structure ever be finished. You'll immediately notice that the temple towers above the surrounding forest and river shore, measuring 52.4 m (172 ft) in height. Wander the grounds around the monumental temple base and you'll see other features of the complex, including two giant stone lions and an enormous bell. Don't miss the nearby model that illustrates the hypothetical appearance of the would-be structure. Use our Mandalay holiday planner to visit Mingun Temple on your trip to Mandalay, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Good * Imposing structure creating a sense of awe. * Interesting architecture. The Bad * Access by boat across the Irrawady River. * Dirty toilet facilities. * Lack of or no maintenance of structu...  more »
  • We had a boat for the day to take us up river to Mingun, where you can spend several hours walking around and viewing several interesting sights. The worlds biggest unfinished pagoda and uncracked bel...  more »
  • An interesting and original, attaction, where each tries to be photographed near the big Bell of the world (we did we say!) ... The place is friendly, attractive and exchange of traditional temples and pagodas visits...
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