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Mingun Temple (Pa Hto Taw Gyi), Mandalay

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The life's work of an eccentric king, Mingun Temple (Pa Hto Taw Gyi) 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 (Pa Hto Taw Gyi) on your trip to Mandalay, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It is one of the biggest bell in the world. Mingun near Mandalay is worth visiting. Not only this bell but also other sightseeing places are very nice.  more »
  • Sit about 1 hour on boat, enjoy cool wind and horizontal line far away to reach Mingun. Empressive "half" of pagoda (it hasn't been finished), empressive bell, empressive white pagoda!  more »
  • The Mingun site is grand spectacle to say the least, and the journey to get there makes it even more of an Indiana Jones adventure. Remote, spectacular, tropical, and full of stuff that just makes tra...  more »
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  • Cool ruins, nothing inside, can't go on the top anymore. Bring your own food, everything around is 4x the cost compared mandalay.
  • A huge unfinished building. As of end Feb the stairway on the right to top stops halfway. There are good views on the right side of the unfinished building too
  • This pagoda and the two lions built by billions of bricks. Amazing place to watch.
  • climb up the top at your own risk, but worth trying.
  • Definitely worth the visit. The cracks in the pagoda base are amazing and everyone should definitely go up the stairs to the top. You can walk and jump around the cracked up top. You can get some nice views of the surroundings too.