If you have intention of taking a trip to Myanmar, you definitely do not want to miss out on Mingun. Mingun, which is a riverside village being known for its breathtaking landscape, is a perfect destination for those who want to take a break from city life.
Mingun is a small town in Sagaing Region, located on the Ayeyarwady river banks and can be easily reached by ferryboats, it takes about one hour to get there. A wide range of interesting spots are always ready for you to explore their hidden charms, with lots of things to see and do in the town. Here are the best monuments to visit recommended by Myanmar Private Holidays.
MINGUN PAYA (PAHTODAWGYI)
The first destination of the journey is the Mingun pagoda. It is an incomplete monument stupa built at the end of 18th century under the order of King Bodawpaya. When the king passed away, the pagoda was left unfinished and only the bottom third of the structure was completed. It would have been the world’s largest stupa with the expected height roughly about 150 metres.
Visitors can climb to the top of the pagoda using a stairway to enjoy the magnificent, natural beauty of the Ayeyarwady river and Mingun hill, but do not ignore the warning signs and take care if you are going to climb to the top because the climb is very steep and the structure is unstable due to earthquakes in the area at times and you should follow the latest advice on whether it is safe to climb.
Also, if you want to see how the Mingun Paya would have looked like if it had ever been completed, you can take a look at the working model of Pondaw Pagoda, which can be found nearby.
King Bodawpaya had his giant bell cast along with the stupa, which was previously in the Mingun Pahtodawgyi stupa but now located on the western bank of the Ayeyarwady river.
Its weight is up to 90 tons, which is 55,555 viss in Burmese measurement. The weight of the bell is written on the surface of the bell in white. You can ring it and get underneath it to take a photo with the second largest ringing bell in the world. It is definitely one of the most memorable experience for visitors.
Located few meters away from the Mingun Pagoda and the Mingun bell is the astonishing Hsinbyume Pagoda (Myatheindan Pagoda). It was constructed in 1816 under the order of the creative grandson of King Bodawpaya, King Bagyidaw, with the aim of honouring his first wife.
The pagoda is famous for its unusual and distinctive style. The architectural design with seven terraces shaped like waves is a representation of seven mountain ranges surrounding Mount Meru, the center of the universe. It is possible to climb to the top to enjoy the great views of the Ayeyarwady river.
The best time to view this pagoda is in the afternoon, when the sun is perfect for photos. Visitors are recommended to take off shoes before entering. The pagoda opens daily.
HOW TO GET TO MINGUN
The scheduled boat leaves Mingun jetty on Strand Road at the end of 26th Street and departs daily at 09:00, returns at 12:30. It can be reached in about an hour. You can also hire your own boat or get to Mingun by car or motor-cycle.
WHEN TO VISIT MINGUN
The rainy season is from June to October. The dry season runs from January to May and it can be very hot. Visitors are recommended to take a trip to Mingun from November to December, when the weather is perfect for sightseeings.
GETTING AROUND MINGUN
Along with its well-known attractions, visitors may want to explore local villages in Mingun by bicycles or experience a leisure tour on oxcart.
WHERE TO EAT IN MINGUN
As there are not so many selection in Mingun, Point is a highly recommended restaurant for you if you are looking for an eatery that serves Burmese food with a good river view.
A US$3 ( about 4000 kyat) entry ticket is required for Mingun to gain access to monuments in the area.