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The Royal Regalia of Myanmar Monarchy
Myanmar was a monarchy till the entire country was annexed in was annexed in 1885. Myanmar kings ruled the country for about 2000 years

Kyauktaw Mahamuni Museum
Displays of ancient buddha images

Naga Tribal Museum
The Nagas consider ancestors, family names and ages as important unit factors in their society.

Buddha Images
Displays of buddha images

Stamps of Myanmar
The short meaning of stamps according to Myanmar dictionary is described as an adhesive label for prepayment of revenue in kind of postage, pasted with gum, denoting the value of the stamp which is printed on a piece of paper approximately an in square.

Coins of Myanmar
Today, Myanmar currency is marked as "Kyat". One Kyat is composed of 100 pyays, which are in coins.

Largest Gilded Building
The most notable building in Yangon is the Shwedagon Pagoda, a great cone-shaped Buddhist monument that crowns a hill about one mile north of the Cantonment. The pagoda itself is a solid brick stupa (Buddhist reliquary) that is completely covered with gold.

Largest Ringing Bell

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The Great Mingun Bell was built by the longest reigning monarch of the Konbaung dynasty King Bodawpaya (1782-1819). In fact, any mention of Mingun would be incomplete without mentioning the two other great deeds. King Bodawpaya's four Great noble deeds also known as the Great Four: the Great Pagoda, the Great Bell, the Great Lake and the Great Lion.

Largest Bell Underwater
In 1480 A.D, Dhammazedi, King of the Mon People of Myanmar had a vast bell cast in bronze and given to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (then known as Dagon). According to texts of the time, the bell was cast of 180,000 vies of metal which included silver and gold as well as copper and tin. (One ton equals approximately 600 viss so the bell was cast from about 300 tons ol metal).

Largest Reclining Buddha Image
The reclining Buddha image here is one of the largest images in Myanmar. The original image was built in 1907. But it has suffered damage due to climate over the years. In 1957 it was demolished and rebuilt to this structure in 1966. The pagoda is on Shwegondine Rd, only a short distance beyond the Shwedagon Pagoda.

Largest Stone Book (or) The Kuthodaw Pagoda
The Kuthodaw Paya (Pagoda), or Maha Lawka Marazein Paya, contains what often is called the world’s largest book. It is a large walled complex situated at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill and was built by King Mindon at the same time he was constructing the Royal Palace.

Largest Gold Buddha Image
One of the musts in your itinerary in Mandalay, the last Capital of old Myanmar should be Maha Muni, the largest gold Buddha Image housed in a gilt brick temple of late 19th century architectural design, situated in the south-west township.

The Largest Stone Buddha Image
You are welcome to Mandalay to enjoy many architectural marvels and artistic wonders of which the largest stone Buddha Image is the one that deserves special mention.

Strange Buddha Images
hwe Myet Man Paya (or) the Buddha Image with the Golden Spectacles is situated in a town called Shwedaung, near Pyay in Bago Division. It is on the way to Pyay, about 14km south of Pyay. There is a large , white-faced sitting Buddha Image inside the main shrine.

Footprint of Buddha
There are a hundred and eight distinguishing marks on both the soles of the Buddha.

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Buddha Images

Buddha Images in Myanmar
 
The short meaning of stamps according to Myanmar dictionary is described as an adhesive label for prepayment of revenue in kind of postage, pasted with gum, denoting the value of the stamp which is printed on a piece of paper approximately an in square. The pictorial designs of stamps when affixed to a piece of paper or envelope denote payment of duties and fees for postal purposes. Postage stamps are printed in sheets which can easily be divided or cut out in association with the series of holes or half-holes on the sides of a stamp for which postal officials term as "Perforation". In other words, it is "Glossary and Dictionary of "Philatelic Terms" in order to detach individual copies or labels from a sheet of stamps, so that the portrait or pictorial designs of stamps can be seen distinctly.
 
One of the musts in your itinerary in Mandalay, the last Capital of old Myanmar should be Maha Muni, the largest gold Buddha Image housed in a gilt brick temple of late 19th century architectural design, situated in the south-west township.The two Pali words Maha Muni meaning "the Great Exalted Saint ", is one of the attributes of the Buddha. But the Mandalayans call it ' Hpaya-gyi ' (the great Buddha ) because of its superlative size. Brought from Mrohaung in the Rakhine State by land over the mountain ranges, and by water via the Ayeyarwaddy River, in A . D 1784 by the son and heir of King Bodawpaya ( A.D. 1782-1819 ) the sacred Image was housed in a big ornate building constructed at the then Capital, Amarapura. In A.D 1884 the building caught fire but the sacred Image was miraculously saved. Originally it was an alloy, but now it is heavily gilded. It is estimated that nearly two tons of gold is encrusted on it. The gold crown and the body ornaments it wears are solid gold with several precious germs studded on - rubies, sapphires, emeralds, jades, diamonds, pearls etc donated by pious devotees.
 
Today, Myanmar currency is marked as "Kyat". One Kyat is composed of 100 pyays, which are in coins. From the Pyu Era until now, coins have been used in many ways. Coins were made from bronze, silver and gold with some other alloy.
 
You are welcome to Mandalay to enjoy many architectural marvels and artistic wonders of which the largest stone Buddha Image is the one that deserves special mention.Officially named "Mahasakyamarajina" (The Great Conqueror of Mara and who was of Sakya race) but commonly called "Kyauk Taw Gyi" (The Great Stone Royal) the largest stone Buddha Image is housed in a big brick temple with an iron roof of a unique design, located just at the southern side of Mandalay Hill.
 

Largest Gilded Building is Shwedagon Pagoda.The most notable building in Yangon is the Shwedagon Pagoda, a great cone-shaped Buddhist monument that crowns a hill about one mile north of the Cantonment. The pagoda itself is a solid brick stupa (Buddhist reliquary) that is completely covered with gold. It rises 326 feet (99 m) on a hill 168 feet (51 m) above the city.
 
The marks on the soles of Buddha.There are a hundred and eight distinguishing marks on both the soles of the Buddha.They represent the three worlds.1. 59 indicating the inanimate world (Okasaloka) 2. 21 indicating the animate world (Sattaloka) and 3. 28 indicating the world of the Conditioned (Sankharaloka).The essence here is that the Buddha is greater than all the three worlds. These marks became apparent right from the birth of the Buddha when eight out of the hundred and eight royal astrologers present were asked to comment on them.
 
The Great Mingun Bell was built by the longest reigning monarch of the Konbaung dynasty King Bodawpaya (1782-1819). In fact, any mention of Mingun would be incomplete without mentioning the two other great deeds. King Bodawpaya's four Great noble deeds also known as the Great Four: the Great Pagoda, the Great Bell, the Great Lake and the Great Lion. All these Great Fours are located in Mingun 19 miles from Sagaing and situated at the west bank of Ayeyarwaddy.Nine years after the accession to the throne, King Bodawpaya handed over his royal responsibilities to his son the Crown Prince and left the capital to oversee the construction of the Great Pagoda in Mingun.
 
Shwe Myet Man Paya (or) the Buddha Image with the Golden Spectacles is situated in a town called Shwedaung, near Pyay in Bago Division. It is on the way to Pyay, about 14km south of Pyay. There is a large , white-faced sitting Buddha Image inside the main shrine. The Budhha image wears a gargantuan set of eyeglasses with gold-plated rims. Coming from Yangon, it is located on the left side of the road.
 
In 1480 A.D, Dhammazedi, King of the Mon People of Myanmar had a vast bell cast in bronze and given to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (then known as Dagon). According to texts of the time, the bell was cast of 180,000 vies of metal which included silver and gold as well as copper and tin. (One ton equals approximately 600 viss so the bell was cast from about 300 tons ol metal). According to the History of Kings, the height was twelve cubits and the width was eight cubits. At the same time, King Dhammazedi had a small bell of 500 viss weight cast and offered to Buddha.
 
The Nagas consider ancestors, family names and ages as important unit factors in their society. They are well-known for the head hunting tradition and sacrifices for the good harvest. They use hand-made weapons to hunt their prey and to cut the precious parts of their prey, such as the jaws, teeth, horn etc...Here are some of the weapons and other accessories of the Nagas used from time to time, which are now kept in a tribal musuem.
 
Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Image meaning, the six-storey reclining buddha image.The reclining Buddha image here is one of the largest images in Myanmar. The original image was built in 1907. But it has suffered damage due to climate over the years. In 1957 it was demolished and rebuilt to this structure in 1966. The pagoda is on Shwegondine Rd, only a short distance beyond the Shwedagon Pagoda. This reclining Buddha is similar to the Reclining Buddha Image of Bago.
 
Kyauktaw Mahamuni Museum(Rakhine State)
 

The Kuthodaw Paya (Pagoda), or Maha Lawka Marazein Paya, contains what often is called the world’s largest book. It is a large walled complex situated at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill and was built by King Mindon at the same time he was constructing the Royal Palace. Its central stupa is modeled on the Shwezigon at Nyaung U near Bagan. An on-site carved tablet indicates that the pagoda’s height is 187 ft 9 in, high, while some guide books list it at 100 ft (30 m). The former includes the platform in the measurement.
 
Myanmar was a monarchy till the entire country was annexed in was annexed in 1885. Myanmar kings ruled the country for about 2000 years, so there was a long tradition court customs, etiquette and most important of all the symbols of kingship – the Royal Lion Throne and the Royal Regalia. The conquering British commandeered the Royal Lion Throne, symbol of "sovereignty, nobility, splendor and glory" of the last Myanmar monarch, King Thibaw and took it away to Calcutta, India.
 
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