Exploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi, Mingun Bell and more

Exploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun, Mingun Pahtodawgyi and Mingun Bell  |  Mandalay, Myanmar  |  Early afternoon, just after lunch, and it was time to yet another raw unique experience off-board the comfort and luxury of Belmond Road to Mandalay. This time, as we approached along the Ayeyarwady River to the coasts of the Sagaing Region, we would explore the town of Mingun, located 10km from Mandalay. Follow my Myanmar INSTAGRAM Photo Gallery
Exploring Mingun in MyanmarSo off we went… boarded our small boats ready for the adventure. Mingun is well known for the ruined Mingun Pahtodawgyi stupa and the Mingun Bell
Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in MyanmarMingun Pahtodawgyi is an uncompleted stupa by King Bodawpaya – 1790. If completed, this stupa, would have been the largest in the world. The reason why it was never completed, is because an astrologer predicted that once the stupa was finished, the King would die. The cracks you can see on the facade, are consequence of the March 1839 earthquake. Exploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun in MyanmarExploring Mingun in MyanmarWe wondered around, and enjoyed looking at the locals. Seeing raw glimpses of Mingun’s daily life. One of the many towns and villages along the banks of the Ayeryawady River, the main artery that took us on a 4-nights journey, from Bagan to Mandalay aboard the Belmond Road to Mandalay luxury river cruiseExploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar FullSizeRender 51 Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in MyanmarOur next stop was the Mingun Bell. Believed to be the between the two largest bell in the entire world. The bell was also built by King Bodawpaya, to be placed inside the stupa. Weighing 90 tons, which in Burmese measuring system represents the number 5 – ၅ – inscription you can see on the bell. Many Burmese people seem to be fascinated with numbers. Even in this modern day, it is not unusual for Myanmar people to consult astrologers. The bell does not have a clanger but is rung by striking the outer edge. 
Exploring Mingun in Myanmar
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Exploring Mingun in Myanmar
Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in Myanmar Exploring Mingun in MyanmarTime to head back to our floating luxury hotel, Belmond Road to Mandalay, and get ready for cocktails and outdoor diner on the Observatory Deck under the moonlight. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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