Visit Mandalay

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Mandalay, located in central Myanmar, is the cultural center of the country. It was once the royal capital, and it sits on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. It is renowned for its breathtaking temples and pagodas, including Mahamuni Paya, one of Buddhism's most important pilgrimage sites. The Mandalay Palace is a must-see for visitors interested in experiencing traditional Burmese history, architecture and culture.

Other notable places to visit include Kuthodaw Pagoda - known as "The World's Largest Book" because each of its 729 white stupas contains a marble tablet inscribed with Buddhist scriptures - and Mingun Pahtodawgyi temple- an unfinished pagoda commissioned by King Bodawpaya in 1790 that stands at 50 meters high making it one of Myanmar's tallest monuments.

An interesting historical fact about Mandalay is that during WWII it was occupied by Japanese forces until they were driven out by Allied forces in 1945. Today Mandalay has many attractions to entice travelers from around the world with its ancient temples, lively markets and unparalleled hospitality.