Mandalay is not only the cultural centre of Myanmar but it is also the centre of Buddhist studies. Being the ancient capital during the last dynasty, it offers many fascinating sites to visit and reflect on past centuries.
Some of the main highlights include: Kuthodaw Pagoda with its largest book in the world, the Sandamani and Kyauktawgyi Pagodas, the Shwenandaw-Kyaung and Atumashi-Kyaung Monasteries and the Mahamuni Image in Hpayagyi Pagoda. This is the most revered and venerated Buddha in Myanmar. Close by Mandalay is the amazing 1.2 km long U-Bridge entirely made of teak and the former royal city of Sagaing, symbol of the Buddhism doctrine and famous for its numerous monasteries.