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Published: June 22nd 2017
The king died in his palace and his superstitious son had the palace demolished and donated the timber to the monks, who built a bridge across the lake to their monastery.
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The river was too shallow to sail all the way in to Mandalay so we disembarked and got on a coach 30 minutes out. Mandalay was almost completely flattened by Japanese bombing in WWII and it has been largely rebuilt.
First we visited a 1,200m long, 160 year old teak pedestrian bridge, built from timber salvaged from an imperial palace. This was when the capital was relocated from Amarapura to Mandalay. Then a visit to a 1,200 monk monastery and followed with a look and shop at a silk weaving factory.
Checked in to our less-than-excellent Mandalay Hill Resort hotel, on the north side of Mandalay at the foot of Mandalay Hill.
Another monastery in the afternoon then a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda and its identical white stupas. They were built in the mid-19th century by the king to each house a large tablet inscribed with Buddha's teachings. Quite impressive. Then we reluctantly agreed to bus up to Mandalay Hill to "watch the sunset", but again the sun disappeared into the haze well above the horizon. Apparently Nov is the best time to visit Myanmar: the temperatures are milder, it's after the wet season so the countryside is green, and the skies
are clear of the heat haze that obscured views we might have witnessed.
A great dinner at the hotel accompanied by a Myanmar culture show of puppets and dancing. We had to concentrate to get past the discordant music that seemed to be lead by a duck hunting whistle!
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