Mandalay - Myanmar !

Mandalay is not only a city of temples and monasteries; it can also be considered as city of royalty. The other attractions in Mandalay are reminders of the time when Burmese kingdoms were still in existence. Here Mandalay Hill is the most famous attraction and a necessary stop for any tourist who arrives in this part of Myanmar. Amarapura, some 11km south of Mandalay, became the capital of the Konbaung Dynasty in 1783. Other places of interest here are Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, U Bein Bridge across the Taungthaman Lake, Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, Mahagandayone Monastery and cotton and silkweaving cottage industries. Then there’s Maha Myat Muni Pagoda, which is also known as the Mahamuni Pagoda, is the holiest pilgrimage site in Mandalay. Pyin Oo Lwin is the former British hill station which also the centre for Myanmar's small but growing new coffee industry. Mandalay preserves the folk art of puppetry, and showcases this art form to the visitors through marionette shows and theatre performances. Golf lovers can relax by playing their favourite sport with the breathtaking views as a backdrop. Myanmar is known for its gems, jewellery and handicrafts and all these can be purchased in Mandalay. There are countless stores and shops that sell precious stones like jade, ruby and sapphire; gold and silver jewellery are also offered in many establishments.

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