When it comes to Myanmar, one of the special destinations people should visit is Mandalay, the second largest city and also the center of Burmese culture. There are so many options to come to Mandalay as boats, domestic flights, buses and so on. Mandalay is different from Bagan or Yangon because of many things: weather – hot and humid, local people’s life pace and others. Mandalay owns many worth seeing sights, therefore, the tourists can enjoy and experience some things to see and do in Mandalay.
1. Visiting Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery)
Shwenandaw Kyaung is the only surviving traditional Burmese-style temple of Mandalay’s royal palaces, which makes Mandalay consider as not only a city of temples and monasteries but also a city of royalty. When the travelers come to Shwenandaw Kyaung, they can see its magnification and even the history vestiges of the time when Burmese kingdoms were still in existence.
2. Contemplating Mahamuni Pagoda
The pagoda images the Mahamuni Buddha portrait which came from Arakan (named Rakhine State nowadays, a state in Myanmar). Mahumuni Pagoda has a central shrine and is framed by an extensive grass lawn. When the travelers come here, they can widen their knowledge of Buhha’s life.
3. Discovering Mandalay Hill
On the top of Mandalay Hill, the tourists can have a comprehensive view from the top. They can spend at least 30 minutes to conquer the height of this hill, however, they can totally catch sunset to enjoy the beauty of whole city.
4. Experiencing King Galon Gold Factory
Burmese local people esteem gold; hence, the travelers can see gold not only on the Buddha statue, in the temple; and also on the furniture or ceiling in wealthy families. That custom makes gold factories develop in Mandalay. The best well-known and oldest gold factory in this city is King Galon. The tourists see the precision of gold architecture and also the technical skill of a gold-making process.
5. Exploring U Bein Bridge
U Bein is the longest teak bridge in the world. The tourists can take the most marvelous moment of this bridge and the beauty of everything around here at sunset.
6. Attending Sculpture Workshop
Sculpture workshop is a traditional craft workshop in Mandalay, especially, carving stone art. The tourists can see the skilled craftsmen in polishing and chipping gestures with their sculpture at every corner on the street. They make the sculpture carefully and maturely with their whole-hearted attention.
7. Gazing with Jade Market
The travelers can experience the making process of jewelry from blocks of jade and also the trading between jewelry merchants. Buying jewelry as a precious souvenir is a suggestion gift for the tourists when they come back to their hometown.
8. Enjoying Traditional Dance Show
As usual, there are three times a week for traditional dance performances at Mandalay Hill Resort. The travelers can spend their dinner to eat, drink and dance in Mandalay traditional songs.
9. Visiting Mintha Theater
The travelers can enjoy the combination of Myanmar’s traditional music, dance, and costume every evening at Mintha Theater. Live traditional music can bring the travelers into a wonderful feeling and make them not forget the harmonious melody when they are sunk in the theater’s atmosphere.
10. Enjoying Street Foods
The tourists can try their taste with Mandalay street foods. Tempting salads, soups, curries, stir-fry, pork stick stall, etc. are the most delicious street foods in Mandalay. Mandalay’s cuisine is influenced by Chinese cuisine, Indian cuisine and Thai cuisine which makes the travelers fall in love with the diversity and attraction to not only the foods tasty and also its arrangement on the dishes.
Coming to Mandalay, the travelers can discover every corner of Burmese life. It is a good time for the travelers to enjoy everything in Mandalay.
- Source: Myanmar tour packages