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“Standing soldiers” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sanda Muni Paya

Sanda Muni Paya
Mandalay, Myanmar
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Ranked #10 of 22 Attractions in Mandalay
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“Standing soldiers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

1774 small pagodas makes me think of standings soldiers ready for the battle, having their school marble slabs written with their own bright white miniature pagoda.
Always of interest

Visited December 2013
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“As good or better as Kuthodaw”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The main topic is the same. All writings of Buddhism on marble slabs, each slabs with its own miniature pagoda. Here it is even more, 1774 small pagodas, arraed around the main Pagoda.

What is special is that they are mostly white and as opposed to Kuthodaw, the main pagoda allows a view over the whole complex so it is much better to get a good feeling how much there actually is.

On the other hand it can appear to be cramped while the Kuthodaw allows for more room.

Nevertheless, both Pagodas should be visited in quick succesion to have the full compariosn.

Visited December 2012
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“Worth a Visit! And Compare to Kuthodaw!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

It is said that Sanda Muni is a "copy" of Kuthodaw although it has many more slabs. This is apparent when you look at the shrines sheltering the text slabs. They are much closer to each other compared to those in Kuthodaw; hence many more slabs.

The shrines and the golden stupa in the center are good photo opportunities and since it's very near to Kuthodaw, you can just walk over to have a short visit for comparison. And not forgetting the largest cast iron buddha is located inside.

Visited June 2013
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“Moderately interesting to see, clustered walking distance with the other main sites by Mandalay hill”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

sandamuni has the entire triptaka inscribed on 1772 marble slabs vs kuthodaw that has 729. Why then is kuthodaw referred to as the world's largest book and not sandamuni? This temple is famed for holding the world's largest iron buddha made of 11368 viss (?) of iron in 1229 by king Mingdon. Since it is completely gilded like others in Myanmar, it's not apparent to be made from iron. Like kuthodaw, most impressive to see the sea of white temples housing the marble slabs from afar.

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“Visit if you have time, different from other pagodas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Unlike gold, gold and more gold this is predominantly a white pagoda place, with hundreds of similar white pagodas but with flashes of gold not far away. In Myanmar history terms this is a relatively new pagoda and contains over 1700 marble slabs, all inscribed with Buddhist religious writings. The complex also has the largest iron Buddha weighing thousands of tonnes. This is a good contrast from the other Mandalay pagodas and worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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