Mandalay is the second-largest city in Myanmar, after Yangon. Located on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, 716 km (445 mi) north of Yangon, the city has a population of 1,225,553 (2014 census).
Mandalay is the economic centre of Upper Myanmar and considered the centre of Burmese culture. A continuing influx of Chinese immigrants, mostly from Yunnan, in the past 20 years, has reshaped the city’s ethnic makeup and increased commerce with China. Despite Naypyidaw’s recent rise, Mandalay remains Upper Burma’s main commercial, educational and health center.
- Maha Myat Muni Pagoda
- Mahamuni Pagoda
- Mandalay Royal Palace
- The Maha Lawka Marazein Kuthodaw Pagoda
- Shwenandaw Monastery (Teak Temple)
- Mandalay Palace Moat & Wall
- Mandalay Hill
- Zay Cho Market
- Atumashi Monastery
- Kyauktawgyi Pagoda
- Jade Pagoda Mandalay
- The Sanda Muni Buddha Image
Sagaing is the capital of Sagaing Region and located the Irrawaddy River, 20 km to the south-west of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the river, Sagaing, with numerous Buddhist monasteries is an important religious and monastic centre. The pagodas and monasteries crowd the numerous hills along the ridge running parallel to the river. The central pagoda, Soon U Ponya Shin Pagoda, is connected by a set of covered staircases that run up the 240 m hill.
- Sagaing Hill Mountain Peak
- U Min Thonze Caves
- Soon U Ponya Shin Paya
- U-Bein Bridge
- Kaunghmudaw Pagoda
Along with Mandalay, Inwa (or Ava as it was previously known) is perhaps Myanmar’s most famous old capital, and is situated 20 kilometres south of Mandalay. The heart of government and royal power on five separate occasions from the 14th to the 19th centuries, Inwa was finally abandoned in 1839 after a series of devastating earthquakes.
Around Innwa (Ava)
- Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery (Me Nu Oak-Kyaung)
- Nanmyint Tower Historical Landmark
- Taung Tha Man Lake
- The Grand Bargaya Monastery
Mingun is located on the western bank of the river Ayeyarwaddy. approximately 7 miles north of Mandalay. It is reached by ferryboats across the river and takes 1 hour for up-river and 40 minutes for down-river. It is famous for many Buddhist shrines. monasteries. meditation centres and monuments of historical and cultural importance. A boat trip to Mingun is pleasant with plenty of life on the river to see. It is about 11 miles from Sagaing and you can reach there by road. It takes about 30 minutes. And you can also travel to Mingun from Mandalay but you can get there by road.
- Mingun Bell
- Hsinbyume (or) Myatheindan Pagoda
- images from Google