As the last royal capital of the Burmese Kingdom, Mandalay is its religious heart, possessing some of the country’s most beautiful pagodas, including the highly revered Mahamuni Paya, which holds a famous Buddha-image covered in gold leaf.
With wide avenues and a fast paced way of life, modern Mandalay represents 'new Burma' whilst the very name evokes images of a Burma of years gone by. The Mahagandayone Monastery where more than a thousand monks and novices live and study the doctrine of Buddha, offers a fascinating insight into the Burmese branch of Buddhism. An additional attraction is the world’s largest book – 729 marble slabs of Buddhist scriptures at Kuthodaw Pagoda. Famous for its arts and crafts, Mandalay is a good place to buy everything from traditional wooden puppets to hand-woven fabrics.