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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Its the biggest bell in the world, i thought i would look bigger tho!:P but its nice to see...you van also ring the bell your self with a wooden stick

Thank Kevinbinho
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

The history of this bell is good and listen to the guide's talk. There is lots more to see in the surrounding area and lots to buy.

Thank Peter R
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Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

The Mingun Pahtodawgyi is the first thing you’ll visit when you arrive at Mingun either by car or boat. The huge structure is slowly crumbling down, having withstood against earthquakes, and time.

A brief history - ordered to be built by King Bodawpaya. The huge stupa was left incomplete when the king died. It is said that the current stupa is only 1/4 of what was planned to be built.

Location - Mingun. Closest city being Sagaing (which is also an interesting place to wander around as it is the only city in Myanmar populated with mostly monks and nuns. There are monasteries everywhere). By car, it takes merely an hour to get to Mingun from Mandalay. the route passes Sagaing, so you can add that to your day trip too). By boat, it takes a bit longer but the view and vibe is certainly better.

Verdict - there is nothing special about this place, to be honest. Apart from being massive, there is nothing to observe or wander. The Mingun bell, which is the world’s third largest bell is located 5 minutes away.

Suggestion - I suggest you to visit Sagaing first, then go to Mingun. Spend an hour in Mingun and then head towards U Bein Bridge, which is the world’s longest teakwood bridge (see my review). Try to get to U bein before sunset and you can end your day with a memorable photo. (And a massage at your hotel too?) perfect.

Thank Tornote
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

We traveled to Mingun by boat from Mandalay. A beautiful trip and an amazing historic sight. If you have a chance, take the bullock cart ride when you are there while it is still in existence. A very pleasurable and relaxing day trip.

Thank Rudy C
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Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

Visited whilst travelling around different temples. There is information regarding the bell & how it came to be located where it is today. I understand why people visit, it's certainly interesting but I will never understand why people feel the need to graffiti all over things like this, the inside of the bell is covered in graffiti for some reason. Why the hell anyone would think this is acceptable behaviour is beyond me! Go & see it now before the idiots who have only just learned how to write their name & hold a marker pen spoil it for everyone else!

1  Thank NawtyStupot
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Reviewed July 21, 2018

The bell is just a bell 5 minutes and a photo.
But worth going when added to the old and the new pagoda the river and the countryside.
You can drive or motorbike 90 min each way or go by boat.
I did the drive interesting country and views on the way

Thank CraigTatts
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Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

There are several places to visit in and around Mingun,it is definitely worth coming here on a day trip it’s not far from Mandalay but there are many interesting things to see on the way .this particular place was very beautiful as well as most of the others

Thank ianw349
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Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

There's nothing much to do other than stop and take a quick photo. Very impressive though. It's really large.

Thank Stephy2007
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Reviewed June 1, 2018

Our guide said if it was completed, it would have been the biggest pagoda in the world. He also told us different stories about why it never be finished. Interesting! Eventhough there is not much to see, it still a good half-day trip from Mandalay.

Thank AngelicaP1393
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

Definitely add Mingun to your sight seeing itinerary. So much more then just the bell. White stupor is great to climb and look out at the view and the unfinished pagoda is just amazing. Nice walk up the road seeing all the sites. Very pretty. Very friendly people

Thank Jackie N
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