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Pyin Oo Lwin was formerly known as May Myo. It is a resort town in Mandalay Division in Myanmar, located some 67 kilometers east of Mandalay, and at an altitude of 1070 meters (3510 feet). It was initially a Shan village situated between Naungcho and Mandalay on the Lashio-Mandalay road. Pyin Oo Lwin is also known as " Pan Myo Daw", means "The City of Flowers", for its different species and colorful flowers grown intensively.
Monywa is a city in Sagaing Division, Myanmar, located 136 km north-west of Mandalay on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River. It is along the Mandalay-Budalin branch railway line but is best reached by bus as the road from Mandalay is in reasonably good shape.
The marble carving workshop is near Mahamuni Pagoda. Marble are from the Sagin quarry about 35 miles (56km) north of Mandalay. Many religious items, mainly Buddha images and stone slabs for inscription, are produced. Other figures such as images of other religions, animal figures are also made by order.
Sagaing is the capital of Sagaing Division in Myanmar. It is located on the Ayeyarwady River, 20 km to the southwest of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the river.Sagaing is a religious and monastic center, with numerous Buddhist monasteries. It briefly regained is position as a royal capital of Burma from 1760-1764.
Throughout Myanmar, Mandalay Shwe-gyi-do Quarter is the best place for embroidery and appliqué work. Materials used in embroidery and appliqué workers include, golden silvery thread, sequins (plastic metal) velvet, satin, colored cloth, paper produced in Shan State and glue from sticky rice. In making an embroidery cloth or a tapestry, the cloth has to stretch on a wooden frame, about one foot high above the ground and embroider on it later.
Mingun is a town in Sagaing Division, Myanmar, located 11 km up the Ayeyarwaddy River from Mandalay. A 45-minute boat trip to Mingun is very pleasant with plenty of life on the river to see. It is the site of two famous monuments - the Mingun Pahtodawgyi (unfinished pagoda) and the Mya Theindan Pagoda.
In Mandalay area, wood carving workshops produce many different figures from wood; they not only religious items such as Buddha images but also other items, such as figures and curving of ornamental and decorative flowers. The workshops are near the Mahamuni Pagoda and in Tampawaddy.
Shwebo is a city in the Sagaing Region of Myanmar, located 64 miles (103km) north-west of Mandalay on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River. Shwebo was the native town of King Alaungpaya, the founder of the Kone Baung Dynasty. Shwebo was royal capital of Myanmar from 1760-1764. King Alaungpaya fought against the rule of the Mon Monarchy in 1752, and his dynasty lasted over two centuries.
Yandabo is a village on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy River in Mandalay Region. It is famous for an Anglo- Myanmar peace treaty that was signed in 1826. It is also a well known place for making pots such as the ones seen in this picture. One person can make 30 to 50 such pots per day which are used for water or food storage.
Mandalay is full of shopping experience. The new Mandalay Zay Cho is one of the main market places in Mandalay. You can get almost anything from there such as acheik (Mandalay silk longyi), cotton clothing, hto moat (sticky cakes), laphet (pickled tea leaves), kadipar slippers (velvet slippers), silverware, lacquerware, jewellery, gems and so on.
A short distance south-west of the Zegyo Market on 85th St, this pagoda rises from an elevated masonry platform. It was badly damaged during World War II, but was subsequently repaired. Its main point of interest is the five-metre-high seated Buddha image cast in bronze by King Bagyidaw in Inwa in 1823 just before the First Anglo-Burmese War broke out.
Mandalay is the only place to find Gold Leaf making industry. Total of 2000 very thin gold leaves can be obtained from a tickle of 24 karat pure gold after seven hours of pounding in many different steps during the process. This is the industry not being able to replace with modern machine and tourists have very good interest to this industry.
The beautifully proportioned pagoda at Eindawya Paya stands west of Zegyo Market. It is covered in goldleaf and makes a fine, shimmering sight on a sunny day. The pagoda was built by King Pagan Min in 1847, on the site of the palace where he lived before he ascended the throne - which at that time was still at Amarapura.
The Yankin Hill is located in the east of Mandalay. Yankin Hill meaning “away from danger”, shows harmony and tranquility of Mandalay. Nga Yant Min Cave is situated at Yankin Hill, about 5 miles (8km) east of Mandalay and 884ft (269m) above the sea level.