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World’s Largest Book – MANDALAY

 

The Kuthudaw Pagoda in Mandalay is surround by 729 Stupas

729 stone inscription caves mandalay
729 Stupas surrounding Kuthudaw Pagoda

Within each stupa, marble slabs hold inscriptions that make up the worlds largest book.

Marble Slab with Written History
Marble Slab with Written History

Other than the monks that tend the site, the pagoda is an amazingly quiet site with very few tourists.

Kuthudaw Pagoda
Kuthudaw Pagoda

Mandalay, one of the largest cities in Myanmar, is home to a large population of monks.

High rise Buddhist Monastary
High rise Buddhist Monastary

There are several monasteries throughout the city. Surprisingly they are very modern and appear to be comfortable.

Buy lottery tickets here.
Buy lottery tickets here.

     For all its tradition, Mandalay is a city of change with lotteries juxtaposed next to temples and a large gold market attracting tourist on the lookout for inexpensive jewelry.  Those who plan to buy gold in Mandalay should ask whether the gem inset is real. Many times the gold is real but the gem is not and likewise, real gems are often set in cheap gilded metal. So ask the vendor what’s real.

Mya Nan San Kyaw, last Royal Burmese palace
Mya Nan San Kyaw, last Royal Burmese palace

The last royal Burmese palace is in Mandalay. It’s a lovely area to bicycle around.