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Mingun Temple, Mandalay
(3.8/5 based on 400+ 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 Mingus Bell weighs 90 tons and is the second largest ringing bell in the world, well worth a visit if staying in Mandalay. A visit is best undertaken in an escorted group via ferry upriver from Ma...  more »
  • Under the giant Bell I felt a small attack of claustrophobia. Visit to mandalay.
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  • The bell impresses with its size and proportions. The bell is really old and it does move you by its sheer scale