Mandalay, Su Taung Pyae Pagoda • Myanmar

Journey to the heart of Mandalay in just over 4 minutes. Witness the grandeur of Su Taung Pyae Pagoda, standing majestically atop Mandalay Hill, a beacon of Buddhist faith. As you enter, be greeted by a monumental Buddha, symbols of deep-rooted traditions, and learn of the hidden relics from Peshawar. From the expansive terrace, embrace the sweeping views of the Irrawaddy River and the tapestry of Mandalay's landscape. Through this visual treat, dive into the stories of Mandalay's past, its cultural significance in Myanmar, and the spiritual aura of a revered pilgrimage site. Your invitation to explore and connect awaits.

This film was made on the basis of photos and videos taken during the trip Myanmar • Burma (EN)

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Reading the text below will help you better understand the historical context of the sites shown in this video.

North of Amarapura, the former capital of Burma under the Konbaung dynasty, is a hill that was called Mandalay Hill. Mandalay was to be founded around 1857 and owes its name to this hill. Amarapura is currently a suburb of Mandalay. 

Su Taung Pyae pagoda 

At the top of Mandalay Hill stands an imposing pagoda, Su Taung Pyae Pagoda, which means "wish-granting". 

At the entrance of this pagoda, which is also an important place of pilgrimage, stands a huge Buddha. 

The site also houses the Relics of Peshawar, 3 fragments of Buddha bones that were brought here by the British at the beginning of the 20th century. These relics are, however, in a safe place, and are not on display for the public. 

Perched on top of the hill, Su Taung Pyae Pagoda has a large terrace from which one can admire a panoramic view of the Irrawaddy River and Mandalay.

about the place, Mandalay:

Located on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, Mandalay is Myanmar's second city after Yangon (Rangoon). Founded in 1857 by King Mindon, Mandalay became the capital of the Konbaung dynasty in place of Amarapura.

It was also the last royal capital of Burma before annexation by the British in 1885. However, it remained a leading commercial and cultural center during the British era.

The city was devastated during the conquest of Burma by Japan in World War II and it became part of the newly independent Union of Burma in 1948.


Spoken comments in the film: 

On a hill near Mandalay, in Sagang, overlooking the Irrawaddy River is an imposing pagoda where the visitor is greeted by a bronze statue of a rabbit eating a carrot. The rest is more classic. Buddhas and stupas and above all a breathtaking view of the Irrawaddy River and the many pagodas in the area.



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rabbit at the entrance of the pagoda, Mandalay • Myanmar
the big buddha in the Su Taung Pyae  pagoda, Mandalay • Myanmar

the big buddha in the Su Taung Pyae pagoda

buddha statues, Mandalay • Myanmar

buddha statues

Su Taung Pyae pagoda roof detail, Mandalay • Myanmar

Su Taung Pyae pagoda roof detail

Su Taung Pyae pagoda entrance, Mandalay • Myanmar

Su Taung Pyae pagoda entrance

Mandalay, Myanmar • Su Taung Pyae pagoda

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