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Review of Mingun Pahtodawgyi

Mingun Pahtodawgyi
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Private Half-Day Mingun Excursion
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Private Tour: Sagaing and Inwa from Mandalay including Lunch
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Full-Day Mingun and Ancient Capitals of Mandalay Tour
Ranked #5 of 69 things to do in Mandalay
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed May 20, 2013

If you have a lot of time in Mandalay and you wonder what to do, you could do a half day trip here by taxi or a river boat. One can also add this t the Saging Hill trip itinerary and do it in one day. If you have limited time, well honestly speaking you can skip this trip.
Well as others wrote this would have been the biggest Pagoda in the world if finished! Unfortunately it wasn't. Came to ruin by the British Colonials who used it as building material depo and the rest was finished by numerous earthquakes.
To walk up the stairs you need to pay approx 3USD (same ticket as the bell), inside there is nothing to see, the only good spot to see it and do some pictures s by the river bank.
With the river tour trip it can be an experience but otherwise a bit of a disappointment.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

We had our own guide and boat to get to Mingun Island. That didn't seem too important until one realized how long you have to stay if you take the public ferry there! The boats are all chock-a-block at the pier in Mandalay, with flocks of people (also young kids) trying to sell you things. Our boat was moored sixth out, so we had to walk over boards laid across the spaces between to get there. Not scary but not something someone with limited mobility might want to attempt. The trip is only about one hour (45 minutes on return) and really not that interesting. The water was low and the skies overcast/hazy. As you approach Mingun you see the pagoda complexes white on the hills and often families doing their laundry and bathing in the river. The major paya must once have been interesting but it is closed since a massive earthquake in 2012. Still it is an impressive sight. The most enjoyable thing is walking down the main street and seeing all the various stalls with people selling all sorts of things: little girls making thanaka (the ubiquitous yellow face cream), women deep-frying shrimp or little pastries, etc. There are also several outdoor cafes where you can sit under shaded tents and have cool drinks -- very welcome at the heat was over 100 degrees in March! On the way down you can stop and see the world's largest cast bronze bell -- quite a sight! If you get all the way down to the end of the street (passing the turn-off to another large temple complex to the left) and are too tired to walk back to the main square you can always hire one of the many "taxis" -- carts powered by oxen with canvas tops! If you take your own small boat with guide, try to avoid the arrival/departure times of the public ferries as the crowds get very large then. All in all, nothing spectacular but a welcome half-day away from the bustle of Mandalay.

3  Thank Tracy K
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Travelled here by boat. Frightening experience boarding and disembarking as you literally have to 'walk the plank'! Took a cow cart to Temple. Long walk otherwise, and the cow cart is a great experience. Some may see the ruin as a bit of a disappointment, but we could imagine what it would have been like if completed.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We took the hour long boat to the Minguin Temple and it was an adventure in itself. There is a busy life of its own on the river and the boat trip was the best way to be part of the hustle and bustle of the water.

The Minguin Temple itself is very impressive, huge, unfinished structure. The Temple was left unfinished as King was told he would die when it was completed. The carvings around the Temple are beautifully crafted. Nearby is a local market with various local crafts for sale. The Minguin Bell is a local attraction and you have the opportunity to ring the great bell. All and all a very pleasant afternoon and a good view of Burmese life on the water.

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Reviewed March 29, 2013

very nice tour, especially by boat to see the banks and the people around, interesting to see how they leave and nice spot there, where you can take very local taxis (carried by cows)

Thank Pierre B
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