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Mandalay was founded in 1857 as the capital by King Mindon and remained the capital city of the Konboung, Myanmar’s last dynasty. After Bagan it is the country’s richest historical landmark. The Mandalay Palace boasts finely built palace walls and a beautiful moat surrounding this fortress. Moreover, Mandalay is not only an important city for Myanmar culture, but the principle centre for Buddhism studies in Myanmar. Key places of interest in the city include various monasteries, Kuthodaw Pagoda (home of the world’s largest book) and no visit would be complete without a sunset visit to Mandalay Hill. The city is also a major handicraft centre where you can see stone and marble carvers, gold leaf pressing, tapestry workshops, cotton and silk textile weaving, silver smith workshops and bamboo fan factories. If you prefer not to actually visit the workshops you can purchase their goods at the colourful Zeycho Market.

Mandalay Hotels

$$$ The Sedona Mandalay

Located just a couple of kilometres from Mandalay Hill and the former royal palace The Sedona is a good international standard hotel option. The hotel features 247 graciously appointed rooms and...

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$$$$ Rupar Mandalar Resort Mandalay

Character Boutique

A welcome addition to the accommodation scene in Mandalay is the small chic boutique Rupar Mandalar. It is small and country club in style, located on the eastern outskirts of magical Mandalay, a...

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$$$ Mandalay Hill Resort Mandalay

The hotel is located at the foot of Mandalay Hill and faces toward the former Royal Palace and it’s this unique position that affords each and every one of the 206 rooms and suites such stunning...

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