Amarapura

Kyauktawgyi Pagoda

mandalay05Kyauktawgyi Pagoda was located near the Taungthaman Lake. In Amarapura that ancient city due in King Bagan of the Konbaung Dynasty built the in 1847. It is also known as Maha Sakka Ramsi Pagoda inside has a marble seated Buddha image measures 3.5 m at the base with a height of 5.5 m. It is said to have been modeled on the Ananda temple at Bagan. The exterior is quite similar to the Ananda Temple but the interior is very different. It enshrines an Buddha Image carved out of a single block of marble.

 

Maha Gandayone Monastery

mandalay04Maha Gandayone Monastery is situated in Amarapura near the famous U Pin Bridge. Maha Ganadayone  religious institute is one of the largest teaching monasteries has more than 3,000 monks in different ages including some very young novices. The monastery was founded around 1914 and came to be known as a centre for monastic study and strict religious discipline. The main purpose to visit here is to watch the monks lined up along the road at between 10:00am 10:30am alms food ceremony  begin daily.

 

U Pin Bridge

ubeinU Pin (Foreign written U Bein) ancient wooden bridge is situated in the ancient city of Amarapura, Mandalay Region, which is about 1.2km in length of wooden bridge. It is the longest teak bridge in the world and is about two centuries old. This bridge became to be known as U Pin bridge after the name of the donor, U Pin  who was a clerk to the Mayor of Amarapura.

 

Sagaing

Ariyar Wamsa Yoke Sone Kyaung

sagain05It was donated by Shin Maha Ariyarwamsa during the time of King Htuparyon Daryakar Narapati. This Mini- monastery is very rare residence for one monk only measuring 43 feet 9 inches from South to North by 30 feet from East to West. It was decorated with wood carving along the roof and cornices and parapets along the basement were decorated with stucco figures and stucco carving.

 

Kaunghmudaw(Stupa) Pagoda

sagain02The enormous dome rises 46 m (151 feet) in the shape of a perfect hemisphere and was modeled after the Mahaceti Pagoda in Ceylon. Also known as Rajamanisula, the pagoda was built to commemorate Inwa's establishment as the royal capital of Myanmar. Around the base of the pagoda are stone pillars, each of which is 1.5 m high. The details of the pagoda's construction are recorded on them.

 

Oldest Sagaing Bridge

sagain04The new Sagaing Bridge is also called Yadanabon a Bridge. It lies at a place, about 2000ft (610m) upstream of Inwa Bridge.

 

Sagaing Hill

sagain01Mountain range of Saging  crested with a pagoda, the banners proclaiming the Buddha's teaching, the refuge from all ills and tribulations where over 600 monasteries for monks and nuns are located for Buddhist studies and as a meditation centre. The Swam Oo Ponya Shin Pagoda on top of a small hill was built early 14th century. From the top are great views of Sagaing and the Irrawaddy river.

 

Thabyedan Fort

thapyaytanBy 1885, the British were already in control of neighboring India and lower Burma and had their sights on Upper Burma and its capital, Mandalay. Despite a proud military history, including the conquest of neighboring Siam (Thailand) just a century earlier, advances in cannons, guns, and boats gave the British a huge advantage. With the technology gap growing each year, the outcome of war was likely to favor the invaders and end Burmese sovereignty.

 

U Hmin Thonze Cave Buddha Images

sagain03The U HMin Thonze Pagoda on Sagaing Hill is known for the 45 large Buddha images placed in a crescent row in the main hall of cave.It was built venerable monk;sayadaw whose name Padugyi Thigayaza AD 1085.

 

Inwa

Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery

innwa01The Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan, well known as Me Nu  Oak-kyaung (Brick Monastery), was built in 1818 by Nanmadaw Me Nu, Chief Queen of King Bagyidaw, for the royal abbot (Nyaunggan Sayardaw), and then offered to the venerable abbot, U Bok.

 

Vagaya Ancient Monastery

innwa02The name Vagaya is meant in Mon literally  Khayebin Kyaung. The Bagaya monastery was built on the southwest of Inwa palace on 1593. The grand Bagaya monastery, decorated with splendid Myanma architectural works, is in the ancient city of Innwa.The largest teak post is (9) feet in circumference. The post is (60) feet high. The monastery is (118) feet long and (103) feet wide. The monastery has tour brick stairs. The entire building of the monastery is decorated with carvings, floral arabesques, the ornamentation with curved figurines and the reliefs of birds and animals as well as small pillars on the wall decorated with tunnery, the artistic works of Innwa Era.

 

Watch Tower(Nan Myin Myaw Sin)

mandalay06In ancient periods used to watch to palace atmosphere for security and sometime King looked around to his palace environment from top of tower.The watch tower which is about 90 feet (30 m) high is a solitary masonry building that remains of Bagyidaw's palace built in 1822. Owing to the earthquake of 1838. only the lower part was left but it was restored as its original structure. The royal watch tower is one of the examples of Myanmar architectural style of early 19th century..

 

Mingywan or Mingun

Mingun Bell

mingun01King Bodawpaya dedicated a big bronze bell near the Mingun Cedi (Pagoda) at Mingun on the west bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River, facing Mandalay. The bell is unique for its weight of 55555 viss, claiming the title of being the world’s biggest ringing bell.

Mingun Home for the Aged

It was founded by Daw Oo Zun when she herself reached senior age in 1915 with a view of looking after homeless and those in need of care and comfort. It is the first home for the aged established in Myanmar.   

 

Pahtodawgyi Pagoda

mingun02Mingun Pahtodawgyi lies in Mingun, Sagaing Region. It is one of the famous monuments in Myanmar. It was one of the big fours built by King Bodawpaya around the place. It was built around 1791 AD.

 

Myatheintan Zedi

mingun03It is called alia Hsinbyume Pagoda , built by King Bagyidaw that history said a grandson of Bodaypaya - in 1816, in memory of his favorite wife. Its unusual architecture is quite striking. It is based on the Sulamani Pagoda on the peak of the mythical golden mountain of Meru.