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Review of Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book

Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book
Mandalay, Myanmar
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Ranked #2 of 34 things to do in Mandalay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The Kuthodaw Paya houses "the world's largest book", 729 marble slabs of Buddhist scriptures.
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This pagoda is quite unique. The main pagoda is golden and It has a square courtyard around it containing hundres of small white pagodas which has the marble tablets inscripted with scriptures of Buddhism. Since it is near the Mandalay Hill, it was our last stop before going to the Hill for Sunset.

Visited October 2012
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“Not a bound book”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

729 slabs of marble, each in its own 'stupa', set out the teachings of Buddha. A lot of work has clearly gone into this but unless you can read Burmese, it becomes very same same. Once you've seen one slab, you've seen them all.

Visited May 2013
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“Very Nice and Very Popular.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

It was really hot and over crowded and so the wait was longer than usual. There were 729 stupas each of which had a large marble tablet with scriptures. Originally, the scriptures were written in gold ink. There were lots of people so people watching was , also, very interesting.

Visited March 2013
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“World's Largest Book”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Constructed in the reign of Mindon Min, this walled complex at the foot of Mandalay Hill is one of the royal city’s must-see temples, best known for the “world’s largest book”. Surrounding its gilded central zedi modelled after Bagan’s Shwezigon are small pavillions containing 729 marble slabs inscribing the entire Tripitaka: the Pali canon of Theravada Buddhism. Reading the whole text will take at least a year.

The sea of white pagodas is particularly picturesque at dusk, making it a perfect place to linger before watching sunset at Mandalay Hill. It’s excessively hot at midday and many locals picnic in the cool shade of the covered walkway. You should join them while appreciating its frescoes or buying snacks and souvenirs from the vendors.

Visited November 2012
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Krungthep Mahanakorn
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“World's Largest Book”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Constructed in the reign of Mindon Min, this walled complex at the foot of Mandalay Hill is one of the royal city’s must-see temples, best known for the “world’s largest book”. Surrounding its gilded central zedi modelled after Bagan’s Shwezigon are small pavillions containing 729 marble slabs inscribing the entire Tripitaka: the Pali canon of Theravada Buddhism. Reading the whole text will take at least a year.

The sea of white pagodas is particularly picturesque at dusk, making it a perfect place to linger before watching sunset at Mandalay Hill. It’s excessively hot at midday and many locals picnic in the cool shade of the covered walkway. You should join them while appreciating its frescoes or buying snacks and souvenirs from the vendors.

Visited November 2012
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