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Pahtodawgyi, Mandalay

4.2
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
The life's work of an eccentric king, Pahtodawgyi 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. A visit to Pahtodawgyi represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Mandalay online journey planner to plot your vacation.
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  • It is an amazing site to see. Biggest unfinished pagoda.. If ever finished the country of Myanmar will collapse. It is stunning. The side with the large earthquake crack down it is stunning. Beware...  more »
  • This site takes you back in times and feels like you're checking out some ruins. The size of it is amazing to see. Some of the sites around this area have a lot of vendors, some who keep following.....  more »
  • There is a strange majesty to this unfinished, earthquake damaged folly. Supposedly abandoned when only a third finished its impossible to imagine how this building could ever have survived the...  more »
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  • The unfinished temple was a spectacular sight that I am glad I got to witness. No need to go inside as there isn't much there except a small monument. Instead take the time to walk around the outside and escape the bulk of the tourists. Make sure you are in temple clothes to be considerate. We really enjoyed this temple due to its sheer size and beauty.
  • It needs 10 mins and it’s right on the road, somehow really crowded, but the external view is worth a stop! Mammoth structure, leaves in awe and if you climb the top, the view of the sandy river beaches is beautiful! No tickets required here, just take off your shoes and climb up.
  • Once in a lifetime experience. A must visit. Had it not damaged in the earthquake work was stopped, it would have been one of the 8th wonders of the world. Now famous as the largest pile of brick rubble in one area in the world.
  • So wonderful! This place is like nothing we've ever seen before, not really much to see inside, but the the deep cracks caused by earthquakes make it so unique and beautiful. Do find the time to walk all around it. We were alone for the most part, especially round the back.
  • One of the must visit pagoda in Mingun. The place was extraordinary and filled with historical events. Came over here during their full moon festival and it was really packed with locals. Before entering the pagoda you gotta take off your shoes and it can be really challenging to walk on the stone pavement when the sun is hot. It is worth visiting but nothing much you can do except taking photos.

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