Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mingun

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See white, wave-like base of Hsinbyume Pagoda, dating back to 1816. Prince Bagyidaw dedicated the pagoda to his wife, whose name translates as "White Elephant Princess." As you admire the pagoda, inspect the seven concentric terraces, which symbolize seven mountain ranges around Mount Meru. The top of the pagoda represents the Mount Meru, the mythical center of the universe according to Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain mythology. Keep an eye out for the niches around the pagoda, which feature small statues of mythical creatures, such as serpents, ogres, and spirits. Climb to the top of the pagoda to enjoy sweeping views over the nearby river. Use our Mingun itinerary planner to visit Hsinbyume Pagoda on your trip to Mingun, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 7, 2017
    The color is the attraction. There is little more to it than that, but on the other hand there are a number of other attractions close by so it is worth a look.  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    The temple is completely white and you can climb up to the top, where there are statues of Buddha. From the terrace you can admire the Mingun pagoda and the river. To see during the tour to Mingun.
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  • July 16, 2017
    This pagoda is beautiful in its simple white paint that allows the building itself to be the standout feature instead of the like the other pagoda we had seen previously that were heavily decorated in...  more »
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  • April 19, 2017
    A MUST VISIT!! The Hsinbyume Pagoda is located on the northern side of Mingun in Sagaing Region in Myanmar. This large pagoda is situated on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River and it is absolutely AMAZING!!
  • July 5, 2017
    It's a shame that they changed it's original color into white. There is too much white to take in.
  • January 6, 2017
    Not closed anymore. Repainted halfway (although a pretty bad paint job) and opened again for the public. Blinding white! Nice to climb on top and enjoying the view.
  • November 11, 2016
    Very cool pagoda with many repeating shapes and angles. Also being white makes is pretty different from all the others.
  • June 14, 2017
    Well worth the visit

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Mingun itself has no accommodations, although the city of Mandalay lies just an hour's boat ride to the south along the Ayeyarwady River. A very popular excursion for visitors to Mandalay, boats run from the jetty each morning bound for Mingun. Mandalay's accommodations are a varied bunch, with some particularly upmarket and refined options seated alongside altogether more backpacker-friendly fare, such as hostels and simple guesthouses.
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