Top 37 attractions to explore in Mandalay Region
Mandalay Region is one of the best places for sightseeing in Myanmar. It contains many historical sites including Mandalay, Amarapura, Bagan, Pyin U Lwin, Mount Popa, and Ava.
Ananda Temple is titled the "Westminster Abbey of Burma" and displays a fusion of Mon and Indian type of architecture. This temple is the main attraction in Bagan. Ananda Temple is like a museum. You can study all kinds of Myanmar arts here — architecture, stone sculpture, stucco, glazed plaques, terra cotta, wood carving, the artwork of blacksmith, etc. It is one of the key attractions in this area.
A 12th-century Buddhist temple which was located in the heart of Bagan. The temple complex has a large central temple, which has a rectangular plan. The main idol of the temple is a brick image of Gautama Buddha. It is now one of the key attraction in this area and daily a lot of peoples visits to this place.
The Bagaya Monastery, located in Inwa, Mandalay Region, Burma is a Buddhist monastery built on the southwest of Inwa Palace. This magnificent monastery is also known as Maha Waiyan Bontha Bagaya Monastery. During King Hsinbyushin's reign, Maha Thiri Zeya Thinkhaya, town officer of Magwe built the monastery in the Bagaya monastic establishment and dedicated to Shin Dhammabhinanda. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Burma.
An orange-hued Buddhist temple that rises from the ground like a pyramid. Not only is Dhammayangyi one of Bagan’s best preserved and most visited places of worship, but its the biggest temple in town and can be spotted from afar. There are four entrances to the temple in total, each one home to a giant Buddha image. It is one of the historically and architecturally important places in this area.
The Dhammayazika Pagoda is a Buddhist temple located in the village of Pwasaw in Myanmar. It was built in 1196 during the reign of King Narapatisithu. The pagoda is circular in design and is made of brick. Its three terraces contain terra cotta tiles illustrating scenes from the Jataka.
The pagoda was built by King Pagan Min in 1847, on the site of his former summer house where he used to live as a prince of the royal family before he became king in 1846 and ascended the throne in Amarapura. The pagoda houses a Buddha statue that was brought from India in 1839. The Buddhist monastery situated around the pagoda is called Ein Daw Yar Monastery. Standing 35M tall the pagoda is covered in goldleaf which makes for a stunning sight on a sunny day.
The Gawdawpalin Temple is a Buddhist temple located in Bagan, Myanmar. Construction of the pagoda began in 1203 during the reign of Sithu I and completed on 26 March 1227 during the reign of Htilominlo. At 55 m, Gawdawpalin Temple is the second tallest temple in Bagan. Similar in layout to the Thatbyinnyu Temple, the temple is two storeys tall, and contains three lower terraces and four upper terraces. The temple was heavily damaged during the 1975 earthquake and was reconstructed in the followi
The temple contains a large array of well-preserved frescoes on its interior walls, the oldest original paintings to be found in Bagan, which was built in 1113 AD by Prince Yazakumar. It is one of the pure examples for the Myanmar architecture and is also famous among the tourists by its historical importance.
Built-in 1218 with 46-meter in height during the reign of King Htilominlo, Htilominlo is known as the last Myanmar-style temple in Bagan. This beautiful temple also has alternate names Zeya Theinkha or Nadaungmyar. Locating about 1.5km to the south, Htilominlo is best known as an iconic temple in Myanmar. It was one of the key attractions in this area which attracts a lot of tourists.
Kuthodaw Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa, located at the foot of Mandalay Hill in Mandalay, Myanmar. It was built during the reign of King Mindon Min who had the pagoda built as part of the traditional foundations of the new royal city of Mandalay in 1857. Kuthodaw and Sandamuni Pagodas are home to the world’s largest books, consisting of hundreds of inscribed standing stone pages.
The Kyauktawgyi Pagoda was built by King Mindon in 1853 on the model of the Ananda Temple at Pagan. It closely resembles the Ananda in exterior form but it falls short of the latter in construction and interior decoration. The pagoda was completed during 1878. The chief feature of the Kyauktawgyi Paya is a huge seated Buddha figure sculpted from a single block of pale green marble from the Sagyin quarry twelve miles north of Mandalay.
Lawkananda Pagoda was built by King Anawrahta during his reign in 1059. The pagoda has enshrined the Buddha’s tooth relic in Bagan. It was erected on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Lawkananda would be the first to see with its distinctive elongated cylindrical dome. It is still used as an everyday place of worship and is thought to house an important Buddha-tooth replica.
Lemyethna Pagoda is located in the eastern part of the Bagan Plain and was built in 1222. It features intricate figure frescoes on its interior walls and ceilings. Based on some of the ruins nearby, the temple was likely originally part of a monastery. The temple's condition decline over the centuries and frequent whitewashing of the temple damaged some of the original murals.
The Maha Aung Mye Bonzan Monastery is a fine example of Burmese monastery architecture during the Konbaung dynasty. The monastery, also known as the Brick Monastery is a well-preserved building in ochre color. The very ornate structure is decorated with intricate stuccoed sculptures. It was built by Queen Me Nu, wife of King Bagyidaw of the Konbaung dynasty in 1818 as the residence of the Royal Abbott. It is also known as Me Nu Oak Kyaung which translates to Me Nu’s brick monastery.
Amongst over 2000 surviving monuments in Bagan, this Pagoda is the one which is closely identical with the Maha Bodhi Pagoda at Bodhgaya in India. It was built by King Zeya Thein Kha in A. D. 1215. Just like at Bodhgaya, there are seven sacred places in the environ of this Pagoda. With the exception of slight differ¬ences in position, the seven sacred places are similar to those at Bodhgaya.
Mahāgandhāyon Monastery, located in Amarapura, Myanmar, is the country's most prominent monastic college. The monastery, known for its strict adherence to the Vinaya, the Buddhist monastic code. he monastery was first established by Agatithuka Sayadaw. It was now one of the key attractions in this area.
The Mahamuni Buddha Temple is one of the popular Buddhist temples and is considered as a major pilgrimage site and located in the region of Mandalay in Burma. This temple is home to one of the ancient Buddha images and was believed to be originated from the ancient kingdom of Arakan. The Mahamuni Buddha Image is also known as The Great Sage and holds quite an importance in the lives of people around Mandalay.
Mandalay Hill which towers above the city and the flat plain below. Virtually all visitors and pilgrims to Mandalay either climb the 1,729 steps of the covered southern stairway with its magnificent guardian chinthe at the entry, use stairways on the other sides or use easier means and take the escalator, cars or buses to the top. From its top, and from several way-stations along the ascent, one has a magnificent panorama of the city, the old Royal Palace and Fortress, as well as the Ayeyarwady
The Mandalay Royal Palace is the last Palace built by the Burmese Royals. On the large complex are dozens of buildings including audience halls, throne halls, a monastery, a watchtower, a court building, a tooth relic building, and a library where the Buddhist scriptures were kept. It was one of the renowned structure in this region and is also a famous place among tourists.
A Buddhist temple which was located in the heart of Myanmar and is also a famous place here. It is a rectangular building of two storeys. The building contains three images of seated Buddhas and an image of Buddha entering Nirvana. Manuha Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bagan.
Map of attractions in Mandalay Region