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Mingun Paya, Mingun

#2 of 6 in Historic Sites in Sagaing Region
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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  • August 7, 2017
    This stupa is actually only the base, in fact the work was blocked following an earthquake. Today it remains the imposing brick building, with cracking on all sides. There is an opening with a Buddha statue and a staircase leading into Summit. For some time it is not possible to climb all the way to the temple, the gate is closed because dangerous. Anyway going up the first part of the stairs you can admire the surrounding temples and the river. You reach, after the crossing of the river by tuk tuk or even walking (20 minutes walk). Also worth seeing are the surrounding temples and Mingun Bell (the heaviest in horsemanship until 2000).
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  • August 3, 2017
    If it had been completed it would have been incredibly majestic, with its 150 mt. high expected: Unfortunately it was completed only a third, using thousands of slaves and prisoners of war (dates back to the late 1700) Unfortunately the earthquakes of 1819 and the 2012 did other damage but takes nothing away from the charm of the place.
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  • June 2, 2017
    Navigating the river Ayeyarwaddy will reach Mingun, an area with magnificent temples and pagodas, among which is the Mingun Paya. It impresses by its immense size, abandoned and with deep cracks, allowing therefore only go up to the front door. On one side of the temple, there is a staircase that makes it possible to get a far more high, from where you have a magnificent views of the surrounding area. The construction of this temple can't finish, originally I was going to have 500 feet and has a bloody history.
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Where to stay in Mingun

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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