The Mandalay Hill is situated to the north-east corner of the Mandalay Royal Palace. It lies from north to south, its altitude being 236.5m above sea level and its height going up to 167.64m.
The Mandalay Hill is surrounded by the nine satellite hills called the Shwe Taung ( The Golden Hill), the Ngwe Taung ( the Silver Hill ), the Paddamya Taung ( the Ruby Hill ), the Hse-dan Taung ( the Hill of Arsenious trisulphide), the Myin Thila Taung ( the Hill of Arsenic trisulphide ), the Dokhta Hill ( the Hill of Blue vitriol), the Ye-hle Taung ( the Hill of Whirling Water), the Kye-ni Hill ( the Copper Hill ) and the Baluma Taung ( the Hill of the Ogress ). The third is called the Paddamya Taung since a ruby was some time ago found in that hill lying to the north west; the seventh one, the Ye-hle Taung since, in the rainy season, the rain water whirled first and flowed down like a funnel in the hill to east; and the ninth hill, the Baluma Taung, since it was believed that the Ogress Sanda Mukhi made her abode in the small hill near to the western passageway.
One famous Buddha Image on the Mandalay Hill is the Image of Standing
Lord Buddha at the top of the hill where Lord Buddha made a prophesy. It
was built by king Mindon. Eight years after the king's death, the image
was damaged by fire, and a new image was restored. The image of standing
Lord Buddha is 8.22m high.
The southern covered passage with the Two Great Lions on Haungches is
the most frequently used by pilgrims. There exists the Museum of the
Hermit U Khanti at the head of the passageway, which was built in honour
of the benevolent hermit who first pioneered to develop the plans of
building religious edifices and memorials on the Mandalay Hill. Near the
archway ascending the southern passage is located the Shrine of the
Guardian Spirit, known as Mandalay Bo Gyi, where the natives of Mandalay
often come and make offerings. The iron statues of the two snakes are
well known to the visitors of Mandalay. An elevator and an escalator are
also in service for going up the hill.
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