Mandalay

Etymology

The city gets its name from the nearby Mandalay Hill. The name is probably a derivative of a Pali word, although the exact word of origin remains unclear. The root word has been speculated to be mandala, referring to circular plains or Mandara, a mountain from Hindu mythology. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Mandalay Poker Meetup – Anyone in Mandalay or any part of Myanmar who’s interested in Texas holdem poker. This is a group to gather people with same interest and passion in poker. We might hold some cash games, tournaments, trainings when there is enough people who need them. So start joining for a future of poker in Mandalay as well as Myanmar. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Badoo – Making friends with guys & girls in Myanmar. [badoo]

Topface – A free dating service in Myanmar and around the world. Meet guys and girls online, make friends and find your love right now! Join us! [topface]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Kudu Travel – Kudu are non-territorial, accommodating visitors to their area and ranging widely themselves. Adventurous browsers, they consume many types of foliage and alter their tastes to suit the locale. Kudu also blend well with their environment. Their stripes making them disappear in the dappling of light through the trees, and are able to live both in the wilderness and partially settled areas. [kudu travel]

Think Asia – THINK ASIA TRAVEL & TOURS is a Burmese Travel Agent located in Yangon and run by a French / Myanmar partnership named Nicolas Rabier and Phyo Thura Soe. [thinkasia-tours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Amarapura/ U Bein Bridge – Over two centuries old, the world’s longest teak bridge spans Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay’s Amarapura township. At one time, Amarapura was a distinct and separate city, and was an ancient capital of Myanmar. [myanmar burma]

Golden Palace Monastery – This traditional Burmese-style temple , also known as Schwenandaw Kyaung, was built by King Mindon in the 19th century, and later moved to its current location by his son. The roof and walls are richly-decorated with teak carvings depicting tales from Buddhist mythology. [myanmar burma]

Kuthodaw Paya – At the foot of Mandalay Hill sits Kuthodaw Paya, a religious complex whose claim to fame is that it is home of the world’s largest book. The complete text of the Tripitaka (Theravada Buddhism’s most sacred text) is inscribed on 729 marble slabs, each of which is enshrined in its own small stupa and arranged in rows around the grounds. Construction began in 1860 at the order of Burmese King Mindon Min. [myanmar burma]

Mahamuni Pagoda – This famous pagoda is a well-known pilgrimage site, noted for its enormous, gold Buddha statue. The Buddha was a spoil of war, brought to Mandalay from Rakhine state by Konbaung Dynasty King Thado Minsaw after his defeat of the Arakan kingdom. The statue was so large that it had to be cut into pieces, transported, and then later reassembled. [myanmar burma]

Mahar Aung Myay Jade and Gem Market – If you are a sucker for jewelry and sparkly things, your trip to Mandalay should include a side trip to the world’s largest jade market. Foreigners can enter for an admission fee of around a dollar, which allows you to watch the trading, see how jewelry and other items are created from blocks of jade, and make purchases to support the local economy. [myanmar burma]

Mandalay Hill – In the old days, hoofing it was the only way to get to the top of this 240m vantage point. Today a few bucks will snag you a ride in a pickup truck. From the top you can pay a visit to Sutaungpyei pagoda and enjoy panoramic views of this fascinating city. [myanmar burma]

Mintha Theater – Experience the interplay of Myanmar’s traditional music, dance, and costume from 8:30-9:30 every evening in this showcase of Myanmar’s distinct culture. Dances presented reach as far back in time as the ancient kingdom of Bagan, and are accompanied by performances of live traditional music. [myanmar burma]

Myanmar Traditional Dance Show – Dinner and a show are a great combination no matter where you go; the 1,000 years of traditional dance presented three times a week at the Mandalay Hill Resort are no exception. For just USD25, you can enjoy dinner, drinks, and “Dance from the Dynasties,” a revue covering Myanmar’s dance traditions from the heyday of ancient Bagan through modern day. [myanmar burma]

Sandamuni Paya – Also located at the busy foot of Mandalay Hill, this pagoda is famous for housing the world’s largest iron Buddha statue. The pagoda was begun in 1874, and resembles nearby Kuthodaw pagoda, with its many white stupas. [myanmar burma]

Shwe Kyi Min Paya – This pagoda was built in the 1st century by Pagan Prince Min Shin Saw, and still retains its original style, having never been renovated. Exiled after disagreements with his father King Alaungsithu, the prince nonetheless saw to the development of the area around Ava to which he was banished. [myanmar burma]

Festivals

Festivals

Kyauk Daw Gyi Pagoda Festival – It’s situated at the foot of Mandalay hill, within a short walking distance from Mandalay Hill Resort. It is considered popular sales fair where all kinds of goods (some of them locally produced) are sold. Next to that is the usual organization of events similar to other Pagoda Festivals. [discovery dmc]

Mahamuni Pagoda Festival – On the full moon day of Thabodwe, thousands of people from across the country gather up at this pagoda to burn a variety of incense sticks for the Myanmar Buddha image as a way of paying homage. In addition, glutinous rice (sticky rice with ginger, coconut and sesame) are offered to the monks. [discovery dmc]

Taung Pyine Nat (Spirit) Festival – Thousands of worshipers come to the village in commemoration of two brothers (Shwe Phyin Gyi and Shwe Phyin Lay). The two brothers served King Anawyahtar during the Bagan Era (11th century) and were executed in the village. They are now believed to be powerful spirits. [discovery dmc]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus & Pick-Up Trucks – The public transport system uses pick-up trucks that make regular lengthy stops, rarely leaving till jammed full. Route numbers are displayed above the cab in local script. Different coloured boards sometimes denote variant routings, but the entire system seems to get upended every few months. if you’re willing to brave it, the bus fare is around K500. [lonely planet]

Motorcycle & Taxi – Motorcycle taxis lurk near hotels and on city corners. Expect to pay K1000 for a short hop, K1500 across the centre, and K10,000 for all-day hire within Mandalay (or K15,000 including Amarapura, Inwa and Sagaing); double these rates for a regular taxi. The following drivers speak decent English. [lonely planet]

Trishaw – Traditionally the main form of city transport, pedal trishaws are now relatively rare except around the markets. A K4000-return fare includes from the city centre to the base of Mandalay Hill; with all-day hire from around K10,000. Give an extra tip, because these guys work hard for the money. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Myanmar Event Professionals – Total event management community of Myanmar. Artists and technicians. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Your Expat Community in Myanmar – Mingalaba, and welcome to our expat community in Myanmar! Our platform has been specifically designed to suit to the needs of expats. So if you are making a move to Myanmar or considering relocating, then look no further than the InterNations expat community! [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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