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Address: Mandalay 11511, Myanmar

Mandalay's holiest shrine is a 12-foot bronze Buddha.

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Dripping in gold

This is one of a very well known pagoda around this area for its Buddah. There's only one in the temple unlike others. Hundreds of people enter inside to put gold leaf on Buddah... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is one of a very well known pagoda around this area for its Buddah. There's only one in the temple unlike others. Hundreds of people enter inside to put gold leaf on Buddah, which now has grown huge in size. Unfortunately women are not allowed to go inside so watch from outside and walk around to see different views.... More 

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I enjoyed the architecture and the Khmer bronzes, as well as the photographs over time, of how the Buddha statue has altered shape due to the accumulation of gold leaf. But the experience didn't feel very spiritual, as there were vendors inside the complex (selling gold leaf) as well as a number of flat screen TVs recording proceedings of men... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very popular with local people. And very famous with foreigners too. Very ideal to visit there in early morning.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Buddha at Mahamuni Paya comes highly rated as a must see in Mandalay and while the temple complex has its beauty, and there are some historical objects in the complex that I enjoyed seeing – like the Khmer bronzes, the tons of gold added by gold leaf to the main statue of Buddha just seems non-spiritual. All of the... More 

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Casper, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was an amazing site to see. It was quite busy when we went but still worth the visit. That its almost 6 inches thick with gold leaf is quite impressive.

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this Pagoda on a Sunday morning so there were a lot of people there. The men were queuing to be able to put gold leaf on the Buddha statue, which as a result of the many years of pilgrims doing this has lost its shape. Like at the Golden Rock only men can do this, but women can... More 

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Schindellegi, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This Pagoda is very nice. The only negative aspect is that women are still not allowed to go up close to the Mahamuni Buddha and put gold on his body. Only men are allowed to do that. Women even have to kneel at least 10 meters away from the Buddha.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One has to queue to reach this Buddha in order to put the gold leaf onto him, making him even more mishapen than he already is. the privelege is reserved for the male part of the population but the women can watch the procedure on flat screens placed all around the Buddha. There are a series of photographs showing how... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As pagodas go this one is hard to beat. We were taken by our motorcycle tour guide and it was great - the Buddha has been gradually covered in gold leaf by pilgrims over many years. Remember to cover up shoulders and knees - you cannot enter otherwise.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I flew from Kuala Lumpur to Yangon by Airasia and from Yangon Aung Mingalar Bus Terminal, I took a JJ Express bus to Mandalay. The bus fare cost me 15300 kyats. I departed Yangon at about 9.30 pm and arrived at the bus terminal in Mandalay at about 6 am in the morning. At 6 am, the Mandalay long distance... More 

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