Photo: Spectacular sunset views from Mandalay Hill.

Mandalay Hill

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A 240-metre hill covered in spires and pagodas juts out into the sky northeast of Mandalay Palace, offering an all-encompassing 360-degree viewpoint of the town and beyond. Monks from all around the city join photographers, worshippers, courting couples and sunset tourists on top of Mandalay Hill every afternoon.

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Crowning the summit is Sutaungpyi Pagoda, one of Burma's major Buddhist pilgrim destinations. Legend has it that the Buddha himself climbed to the top and prophesied that in the year of 2400, a great religious city would lay at the hill's base. Losing no chance to prove his greatness, King Mindon dismantled the ancient capital city of Amarapura in 1857—2400 on the Burmese calendar—and reassembled it as said great city.

The main entrance. Photo taken in or around Mandalay Hill, Mandalay, Burma_myanmar by Mark Ord.

The main entrance. Photo: Mark Ord

The locals will tell you that the 45-minute, barefoot climb up the covered stairways is good for the health and soul. We're not so sure. The main route begins at the pair of giant lion statues on 10th Street, opposite a small carpark and row of tea shops. These mythical lions, called Chinthes, guard many temple entrances and are also considered to protect your kyat; hence their image is imprinted on Burmese ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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