Bradford's Favorite Travel Photos
Photograph #19

Location:  Mingun, near Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

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Date:  September 2005

Format and Resolution:  Digital (photo available in 1200 X 1600 resolution)

Photo Description:  Enjoying the view, sitting on top of the unfinished colossal Mantara Gyi Pagoda (also referred to as Pahtotawgyi Pagoda or Mingun Pagoda). Construction started, by oder of King Bodawpaya, in 1790, with a workforce of thousands of slaves and prisioners of war. In 1790 a visiting Chinese delegation presented to King Bodawpaya gifts which included a tooth relic of the Buddha. King Bodawpaya were delighted with the gifts, especially the tooth relic. The Mantara Gyi Pagoda was intended to house the tooth relic and was designed to be 150 Metres tall (3 times taller than its current size) but construction halted when the King died in 1819. Massive earthquakes in 1838 and 1956 caused the upper sections to collapse, and introduced gaping cracks inthe structure. But is still very impressive indeed. You can climb to the top for a great view of the Ayeyarwady River. To see more photos from Mingun and Mandalay, Myanmar click here.