Astonishing Mingun by Boat
A speck along the Ayeyarwaddy yet of immense importance for the royal stature of nearby Mandalay
during the bygone days, seeing Mingun and its well-preserved marvels will remain
forever etched in your mind. Only a few hours are enough to be awestruck.
WHY THIS TOUR?
History prevails when talking about Mingun. A leisurely boat ride away from nearby Mandalay, the site of what once as the epicentre of a massive earthquake lies now peacefully hugging the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River.
The journey over one of the leading transportation routes in northern Myanmar brings forward the nimble surroundings Mingun is located. Carefully navigating the Ayeyarwaddy will take visitors to Mingun, the site of an unfinished temple dating back to the 18th century.
08:00 - 12:30
13:30 - 18:00
We will pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay by your guide and driver and transfer to the boat jetty for a one-hour boat ride upriver over the Ayeyarwaddy River (the distance is approximately 11 kilometres). Ancient Mingun is located on the western bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River and is part of one of the protected zones in Myanmar. To protect the cultural heritage and natural sites around Mingun, a zone fee is levied for all visitors entering the borders of this tourism destination. The fees are used for conservation projects and ensure the region remains attractive for generations to come.
Upon arrival, we start with a visit to the Mingun Bell, a striking sight of the world’s largest un-cracked bell. Gazetted in the record books as the largest and 2nd heaviest (90 tons) bell in the world, the bronze Mingun Bell is considered a highlight for every visit to Mingun.
After admiring this bell, we continue to the Hsinbyume Paya as well as the unfinished Mingun Paya, built as one of the largest stupas on the planet. Sprawling across the Mingun horizon, the white-painted Hsinbyume Paya Pagoda is the largest in Sagaing region. The pagoda lies around 10 kilometres outside Mandalay, built in 1816 by Prince Bagyidaw and has a stunning location along the Irrawaddy River. The nearby Mingun Paya is an incomplete monument that was said to be a place of prayer when the foundation was laid at the end of the 18th century. Had it been completed, the Mingun Paya would have held the record as the planet’s biggest temple.
Ravaged after an earthquake destroyed parts of this pagoda, sources say that it was projected to reach 150 metres up in the sky. The present 50-metre high religious shrine simple is a must-see when heading over to Mingun.
We return by boat for a smooth sailing downstream the Ayeyarwaddy River back to Mandalay, passing picturesque villages along the way and our guide and driver will transfer you back to your hotel.
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