Mandalay Hill

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Day trip to Mandalay Hill

 

The City is closely associated with the historic mini mountain, which stands close-by which provides poignant scenes and beauty that supplements the added value of the City. Emerald-green Nanda Lake is close to it. It is 236 m high and situated just northeast. On top one could behold a panoramic view enjoying peace and tranquility, joy and contentment and can submerge in harmony with nature.

Two large and majestic lion statues are guarding the entrance and will take 1729 steps to the apex. After taking 435 steps, one will reach the observation platform from where one can have bird’s eye view of the stunning scenes and sights. You will see the city, the royal palace, Kuthodaw pagoda and also the blue ridge of the Shan mountains, the sleepy town of Sagaing on the bank of ever-flowing Mother Ayeyawady.

The famous Peshawar Relics

At this place, one will find a pagoda that shrines relics of Buddha. It is surprising; the Buddha relics came from Peshawar, located in northwestern Peshawar, 2000 years ago. Peshawar is also called Purushapura, well known as the centre of Ghandara Art, the ancient and oldest school of Buddhist Art in the world. The Ruler of Kushana dynasty, in the 2nd century, opened up the stupa of the Great Emperor Asoka and redistributed the contents. During the 20th century, when the British made archaeological excavations there, they discovered a reliquary containing Buddha’ relics, belonging to Kushana Kings. As the Muslims had no idea to deal with those relics, the British had no option but to present the same to the Myanmar people. Hence, the authentic Buddha relics are to be enshrined in the said pagoda.

Legends tell that Buddha and his faithful disciple Ananda

happened to visit the Mandalay Hill. Buddha emphatically prophesied that in the 2400th year of Buddhist Religion (1857 A.C.), a great metropolis would be founded at his foot. That prediction came into reality during the reign of King Mindon (1853-78) who transferred his royal capital of Amarapura to his newly-built Mandalay City. To commemorate the great event a huge Buddha’s standing image is constructed, pointing his right arm to the direction of the Mandalay City. This statue was originally commissioned by King Mindon and later restored by famous Great Hermit, U Khanti. It is known as Byadeikpay Buddha statue (Foretelling Buddha).

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Myanmar Mandalay Palace Wall Moat and Hill
Mandalay Palace Wall Moat and Hill
seen from the Sedona Hotel

Standing on Mandalay Hill at around 150m above the city gives the best overview all the way to the Irrawaddy river and naturally the Mandalay Palace which is just in front. There is also a great view towards Yan Kin Hill and the Sagaing Hill behind the river.

Usually people use the southern passage to get up to the top where two mythical lions, called Chinthes will great the people, actually better use the road and the car, it’s very hot and dusty so no need to be a masochist, an elevator is also in operation. The whole reminds a bit to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon where they also have a elevator and a staircase.

Actually beside of the great panorama there is not much to see, a small museum about the Hermit U Khanti was built to remember the person who initiated the structure at the top. There is also a small shrine of a guardian spirit, one of the famous Nats, known as Mandalay Bo Gyi, people often come and pay respect to him including leaving some food, mainly fruits.

The famous standing Buddha Image of about eight meters is only second to the Mahamuni Buddha. Most structures around were built under the reign of King Mindon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Buddha on Mandalay Hill
Standing Buddha sculpture
King Thibaw of Mandalay and the British
King Thibaw of Mandalay and the British
 
King Mindon the founder of Myanmar Mandalay
King Mindon the founder of the city and
King Thibaw of Myanmar Mandalay
 Thibaw the last emperor.

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