Mingun is a small village located around 11km north-west of Mandalay, up the Ayeyarwady River. Many people prefer travelling by boat as the scenary along the river is really amazing. You can take the Jetty in the morning at 9am and you will be there in approximately one hour.
Here are the 3 sites that you have to see, when visiting Mingun.
1. Pahtodawgyi Pagoda
The most famous site in Mingun is the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda (Mingun-Pagoda). It is a massive brick stupa, which was left unfinished. The construction of it began back in 1790 by King Bodawpaya but he left it intentionally incomplete. He was really superstitious as one of the prophecies stated that once the pagoda is finished, the country will be also gone.
The walls of the pagoda are 72m long and 50m high, which were originally planned to be 152m. Furthermore, earlier it was allowed for tourists to climb the pagoda to the very top. However, since the earthquake in 2012, due to security reasons, this was forbidden.
Where: The Pahtodawgyi Pagoda is located here.
Entrance fee: It is in the one-day ticket for Sagaing and Mingun.
2. Mya Thein Tan Pagoda or Hsinbyume Pagoda
Hsinbyume Pagoda, also known as the White Temple of Myanmar or Mya Thein Tan Pagoda is located right next to the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda in Mingun. This pagoda was build in the beginning of the 19th century by Bagydaw prince, the heir of King Bodawpaya. He dedicated this pagoda to his lovely wife – Queen Hsinbyume.
Where: The Hsinbyume Pagoda is located here.
Entrance fee: It is in the daily ticket to Sagain and Mingun.
Opening hours: Between 7am – 6pm.
If you want to know more details about it, you can read this detailed article on the Hsinbyume Pagoda.
3. Mingun Bell
Mingun Bell is the second largest bell in the world and also located in Mingun and is just in walking distance from the Hsinbyume Pagoda and Pahtodawgyi Pagoda. Its widest side is around 5m and is more than 3,50m high. The bell is well preserved and there are no damages on it. People cannot strike it to ring, as there is no clanger in it.
Where: You can find the location of the Mingun Bell here.
Entrance fee: It is in the daily ticket to Sagaing and Mingun.
Opening hours: Between 7:00am – 6:00pm.
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