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Visit Sanda Muni Paya to see why many call it the world's largest book. Situated at the base of Mandalay hill, the site features scores of brilliant white stupas, each containing marble slabs with inscriptions of the Buddha's teachings--1,774 "pages" in all. The 19th-century pagoda houses an enormous iron statue of Buddha, entirely gilded. Bear in mind that you need to take off your shoes prior to entering here. Outside you'll find vendors with gifts and souvenirs. Plan to visit Sanda Muni Paya and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Mandalay attractions using our Mandalay trip planner.
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This place is amazing but please be careful We saw a lot of dried blood and people who had cut their feet. We got some great pictures here. it was amazing to see and respect and all the mini...
This place is amazing but please be careful We saw a lot of dried blood and people who had cut their feet. We got some great pictures here. it was amazing to see and respect and all the mini... more »
Built in or about 1874 under King Mindon Min as a memorial honouring his younger brother, Kanaung Mintha, who was assassinated in 1866. One large golden pagoda, and a field of smaller white-washed...
Built in or about 1874 under King Mindon Min as a memorial honouring his younger brother, Kanaung Mintha, who was assassinated in 1866. One large golden pagoda, and a field of smaller white-washed... more »
Sanda Muni pagoda's style look like Kuthodaw Pagoda's style. You will see , there are many white temples for stone slabs. It was built by Hermit U Khani, like the World's largest book.All of the...
Sanda Muni pagoda's style look like Kuthodaw Pagoda's style. You will see , there are many white temples for stone slabs. It was built by Hermit U Khani, like the World's largest book.All of the... more »
Beautiful site with countless pagodas. It’s free to walk in but you can also leave a donation if you wish to. I would recommend visiting early in the morning or late afternoon before sunset to avoid the heat. Toilets are available outside the complex, a short 2 minute on the right hand side of the main gate. There are also plenty of food stalls at the exit. There is enough place to park a car outside.
A sea of whitewashed stupas sets Sandamuni Pagoda apart from the thousand other pagodas that you will likely visit in Mandalay. If you take your time to observe the architecture, you will be rewarded with intricate details, linear perspectives and geometric patterns. A favorite place for marriage pictures, the brightly colored clothes of brides-to-be will contrast with the stark whiteness of the pagodas. Monks in saffron robes compete for your attention. During the visit, I did not mind being barefoot because I felt like I was floating on a magic carpet.
It is a beautiful pagoda which is covered with thousands of pagodas ! Actually the main golden pagoda is surrounded with 1700 of white little little pagados and it is a beautifull sight !! You will also get a areal view of this pagodas from mandalay hill !! And it is must visit
This is similar to the nearby Kuthodaw pagoda because of the large number of whitewashed ancillary stupas, also each containing a tablet of scriptures - 1774 in total! Each slab measuring 1.68 meters tall and 1.07 meters wide! Wow. The pagoda houses the largest iron Buddha image in Burma, named the Sandamani image, cast in 1802 from of almost 41,000 pounds of iron, it is now covered with a layer of gold. Its difficult to get a true perspective of the number and e extent of these buildings. Aerial photos or Google Maps view helps.
Beautiful pagoda located near the northeast corner of the Golden Palace at Mandalay. It is known for its multitude of white stupas that give it a very unique look. It was built in the late 19th century as a memorial to a young prince who was assasinated during a rebellion.
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