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Mingun Paya, Mingun
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Admire the massive, ancient structure of Mingun Paya, a huge uncompleted stupa started in 1790. The stupa, if finished, would have been the largest in the world, but an astrologer's prediction that the king would die upon its completion halted its construction. Natural disasters like the 1839 earthquake have left cracks in the stone, but the structure remains strong enough for visitors to climb the stairs to the top for fantastic views. Be sure to look for the impressive bell cast, the largest ringing bell in the world, weighing 90 tons. Before you leave, visit the nearby white pagoda with an architectural style reminiscent of Mount Meru. Arrange to visit Mingun Paya and other attractions in Mingun using our Mingun vacation route planner.
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  • Also called the Pahtogawdi Pagoda. Though unfinished still a must see and in its natural habitat it does stand out majestic and tall 
  • Mingun Paya is really a big stone in the landscape.Very interesting to see the crazy dream of an crazy king.Unfortunately it is not allowed any longer to climb at the top. 
  • At first sight it is a mass of brick without more, but when you look at the doors and you think as it would be the pagoda have been completed, it is impressive. Cracks in the earthquake of 1838 give an even more dramatic look, and if you climb to the top (the last section has some risk points), the views are priceless. Speaking of pay, it is important to know that for that last stretch go out lads everywhere offering help and advice that are not free, of course. Another tip: go around the pagoda. The view from the back is equally impressive or more, but without lots of tourists and vendors.
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