Mingun

Mingun Pahtodawgyi

Mingun, famous for its unfinished pagoda, Mingun Pahtodawgyi. Furthermore, the vast bell in this region frequently recorded as the largest bell in the world. The next important one is Hsinbyume Pagoda, the architectural characteristics of which are unusual with other pagodas in Myanmar.

Mingun Pahtodawgyi

Destroying Lion Statue
The great brick lion statue which was destructive due to the earthquake

It is an imperfect monument stupa in Mingun, the northwest of Mandalay. It is also famous for its volume and incompleted condition. Furthermore, in 1838, the earthquake seriously destroyed this pagoda but it is still in the impressive condition. In 1790, the King Bodawpaya built this massive building and left these ruins. Moreover this is the very clear sign and unusual building and also include one of the big fours of Bodawpaya.

He erected this pagoda so as to give respect from Shwebo where he ascended the throne. Two vast statues of lions and one in the east stairway of Mingun Pahtodawgyi which overlooks the Ayeyarwaddy River.

Hsin Byu Me Pagoda and Ayeyarwaddy River
The view of Hsin Byu Me pagoda and Ayeyarwaddy river with a foreign couple

Thousands of prisoners from the battle worked in the construction of this stupa. There was a dense toll upon the people around this area. Finally they decided to cease the construction without the completeness.

After the abandonment of the construction, the pagoda reached a height of 50 meters and this was one third of the proposed design. The most important point is that if famous as tourist attraction rather than religious site. However, there is still a Buddha Image with small shrine in order to worship and meditate for pilgrims.

Shrine
The shrine with a standing Buddha image and a monk

Mingun Bell

It recorded as the most massive in the world for numerous frequencies. The mass of this bell is 55,555 in viss and this is equivalent with 90,178 kilograms or 199,999 pounds. In Myanmar, people name this weight as ” Min Phyu Hman Hman Pyaw “, all of these words represent the number 5 in Myanmar numerology and astronomy.

Mingun Bell
Mingun Bell in Mandalay

Either of the weight and astrology words are described on the surface of the bell. The king Bodawpaya started casting of the bell in 1808 and finished in 1810. Many considered that this bell was molded on the facing side of the Ayeyarwaddy river.

Religious Building
The religious building in Myanmar Architectural Style with tiered Pyathat Roof

Then the people transported the bell with the assist of two boats. However, it suffered from the earthquakes in 1839. Therefore the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company repaired it with the funds from public.

Mingun White Pagoda (Hsinbyume Pagoda)

Hsin Byu Me or Mya Thein Tan pagoda
The white Hsin Byu Me or Mya Thein Tan pagoda with circular terraces which similar with the ocean waves

This pagoda is totally impressive in white structure and also known as the Mya Theindan Pagoda. In 1816, the prince Bagyidaw erected this white pagoda. He constructed it with the aim of remembering his first wife, Hsinbyume which means White Elephant Princess. She passed away during giving a birth of child. The most important point is that the architectural features of this pagoda is divergent from other pagodas in Myanmar.

The circular terraces at the base of the pagoda represent seven mountain gamuts of Mount Meru, which consider to be core of universe in Buddhist. Furthermore, these seven tiered structures similar with the waves of ocean. On the other hand, some of the waves include mythological statues.You can use the stairway to access the peak of the pagoda so as to enjoy views of  Ayeyarwaddy River. The compound of the temple is screened with large gate which provide ingress to the ground.

Would you like to enjoy your holidays in Myanmar? We would like to invite you to visit our country including Mingun together with us.  We can assure you that we will provide the blissful moment for you.

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