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“Better abstain”
Review of Mandalay Fort

Reviewed April 16, 2012

Apparently a must, however skip it unless you want to enjoy a boat ride on the Irrawady

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Reviewed April 6, 2012

Your taxi or motorbike driver will drop you at the east entrance in the large external wall by the moat, as he is not allowed inside. From here you have a 20min hot walk to the inner buildings or, for a few Kyat you can get another motorbike driver to take you there, wait and return you. Believe me it is well worth it, both in terms of saving time and energy, as you will need all of this to walk round the large area.
Start with the spiral watch tower as this will give you a good view of the building layout. Of course these timber buildings are reconstructions, built in the 1990's using forced labour. However, a pleasant but hot couple of hours can be spent walking round an through the largely empty structures (except for the museum at the far end).
Tip: Buy a water bottle just inside the wall, as you will need it.

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Reviewed March 13, 2012

Mandalay Fort, or Palace Citadel, provides a very rare, maybe even unique, feature to the centre of a city. Four 3 metre thick walls, each 2 kilometres long forming a square, surrounded on all sides by a 64 metre wide moat, cannot fail to dominate a city. Going across the city in nearly any direction you are almost certain to have to drive along the moat outside the Fort at some stage. Indeed, the spire over the Golden Throne Room in the Royal Palace marks the centre of old Mandalay. Nowadays though the major commercial districts are mainly to the south of the moat.
There were originally 4 main wooden bridges across the moat and one 'minor' bridge to the south-west for the removal of dead bodies and such like. When the British occupied Mandalay Fort, which they called Fort Dufferin, they built 2 additional bridges.
Nowadays little remains of the splendour of the old 19th Century Royal Fort apart from the Royal Palace which has been reconstructed on its original site in the Royal Fort - see the separate Trip Adviser reviews. For many years access to the Royal Fort was forbidden, particularly to tourists, as it was, and still is, an important army base. However, these days tourists and locals can visit the Royal Palace part and some of the park areas. There are still manned army checkpoints at the bridges leading into the Fort but we were not stopped going in or going out although our guide did warn us not to take photos of soldiers.
So, although technically it is difficult to actually 'visit' Mandalay Fort as one is not allowed in to most of it, one cannot fail to admire its dimensions and size, and nice moat, when one passes by during one's visit to Mandalay.

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