Mahamuni Pagoda, Shwe In Bin Monastery, crafts in Mandalay - Myanmar (Burma)

Mandalay :: Last capital of the Burmese kingdom and Myanmar's second largest city. It is considered the country's cultural heartland and is an important trade center. It is the home of some of Myanmar's most important pagodas as well as its finest handicraft workshops. Three ancient capital cities, Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura, are within easy reach of Mandalay and well worth a side trip. Just across the Irrawaddy River and a short but fascinating boat ride away is Mingun, home to the worlds' largest bell and the earthquake ravaged base of an unfinished pagoda, which would have been the tallest in the world.

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