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Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery

Address: Ava, Mandalay, Myanmar
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Ranked #10 of 22 Attractions in Mandalay
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Built in 1822, damaged by earthquake in 1838, subsequently restored in 1873, it seemed to have withstood weathering quite well. The patina only adds character and charm to the structures. Getting there from Sagaing was quite a challenge. It involved a boat-ride across the river followed by a bone-rattling ox-cart ride.. Entrance fees is US$10 for the Mandalay Archeological zone.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

Very large solid monestry which is the last stop on the cart ride in Innwa. Now unused it is massive, corridors on the outside provide relief from the heat. This is the gift from the King and Queen to the monks, as Buddhism would have it.

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Tywyn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This monastery is the most preserved of the remains of the city of Inwa and was included in our horse and buggy tour of the area. It is a brick built structure from 1818 and it was interesting to explore its cool interior, plus enjoy some beautiful views.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This is an absolutely must-go temple in Mandalay, if you extend your travel to Inwa (you should!). This temple is unique as it has a combined style between Burmese style and Siamese style. You can tell its history from the wall. It is beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

If you are in Inwa/Ava, this should be on your itinerary - (re-)build of bricks in a nice contrast to the other teak monasteries. Good for views of the Irrawaddy bridges and many golden pagodas on Sagaing Hill on the other side of the river.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I did the Ava/Inwa-Sagaing-Amarapura Tour immediately upon my arrival at Mandalay International Airport because of its proximity to these ancient cities/kingdoms. The taxi driver brought me to a number of attractions and this is one of the most beautiful site I visited in Ava. To the locals this place is popularly known as Me Nu Ok Kyaung which literarlly means... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

It is sometime difficult to melt in the to many tourists, some with huge cameras and no shyness taking photos of those young monks having there daily meal. The questions are: Are they really getting use to this? Are we respecting their life choice? Isn't up to us to be discrete and respectful?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

I spent a couple of hours in awe of the carvings in this Monastery. It is inspiring to see the craftsmanship in wood and building itself. I was put off by the sign that said "men only" at the main space but still glad I saw this monastery.

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Polis, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Ashamed to see a tourist walking round in shorts and smoking a cigarette! Loved visiting the kitchens and seeing the food prepared. The monks must have strong stomachs to survive the flies and dirt! However, we totally appreciated the privilege of seeing their food prepared; the donors dressed in their finery to give their donations to the monks and the... More

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Gold Coast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

The visit to this monastery was a highlight of our time in Mandalay. It was so interesting to see the preparations for the monks' lunch and to see where they lived and prayed. However, please remember this is first and foremost a home and religious centre and must be treated with due respect. I fear, as do earlier reviewers, that... More

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