About Mandalay

Mandalay (City of Arts & Crafts)

Second largest city 668 km north of Yangon was the last capital of Myanmar Dynasty. Mandalay together with its neighbouring ancient cities Mingun, Sagaing, Ava, Amarapura have rich with cultural inheritance, famous temples, traditional arts and crafts.
During those days in 1857 a proper Royal Palace was proudly established protect with four sided immense walls measure 8m high and 3m thick made of fired brick backed by earth ramparts. Each side of the walls is 2km long and surrounded with 70m wide and 3m deep moats. Inside that secured fort were the Royal Palace comprises the elegant buildings such as great Audience Hall, the Chamber of the Lion Throne and other chambers, Pavilions, Treasury, Glass Palace, Watch Tower, Armaury and so on. All the Royal Buildings were built by massive teak wood and decorated with beautiful Myanmar Traditional fine carvings and most of them are gilded. During WW II on 20th March 1945, the Royal Palace caught fire and was completely burnt out. In 1996 it was restored to its former shape constructed by reinforced concrete and wood.
Mandalay is famous for its cultural inheritance and religious importance. Mandalay houses at least a third of the nation's 150,000 monks and nuns. Since Mandalay is a major crafts center brass molding works, marble stone carving, gold leaf beating, tapestry work shop, silk weaving, silver smithing works, bamboo fan factory are the places of interest.
Mandalay International Airport is 50 km outside the city takes 60 to 75 minutes. All domestic flights and Phuket Air lands on Monday and Friday from Bangkok. Yunan Air flies from Kunming on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Accommodation is as good as in Yangon. Variety of hotels and restaurants with good services are available.
Mandalay has many places to be explored either in the city or at the vicinity. At least 3 days necessary to complete the sightseeing in and around Mandalay.
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Hygienic and desert Chinese and Myanmar restaurants are in Mandalay and Sagaing. Mandalay noodle is famous for breakfast and lunch. Obviously flourish teashops offers good nan, parata and chapati. You can have good Indian food as well as the area produce good wheat flour. Restaurant
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Tapestry, silver ware, bronze ware are the products of Mandalay. Hand woven silk fabrics are also made in Mandalay and Amarapura at weaving factories. In fact that these items are much cheaper in Mandalay than in Yangon. Shopping

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