Not a popular tourist destination in Burma, Mingun is often referred to as Inwa and Sagaing as one of the ancient villages in Mandalay. However, one day to the village by the river will leave us with a lot of emotion and impression.
Departing from the pier in Mandalay, we follow the Ayeyarwady line, a 2,170km long river that runs along the length of the country, to Mingun. The journey was fascinating from the start with the scenery of the river just as strange. Accomplished as the only live images of the people living on the river. But in the pure sunshine of the morning, everything was fresh, as if filtered through a magical lens.
Just a river but the scenery on both sides has very interesting differences. While the West Bank is adjacent to the center of the Mandalay city, with its high wooden stilts nestled between the lush greenery, the east coast is like a desert, with long golden beaches and flat roofs. simple leaf. However, the two sides have in common is the slow pace and leisure of the people.
Learn about Mingun’s treasure
The canoe carrying us soaring on the water, soon saw the river village. From the beginning of the village, lapan (rice flower) stood like a giant guard god. The tourist breeze has more or less blew up here with stalls selling paintings, souvenirs. Fortunately, the Mingun people still retain their idyllic, homely spirit. There is no sidetrack, scrambled for tourists in Myanmar 4 Days Tour, making travel here also become a daily task, like fishing or doing the same.
First destination is the unfinished ruins of Mingun Temple, an ambitious project of King Bodawpaya. This huge temple was started in 1790 and is expected to be 150 meters high, but then stopped in the middle because of the prophecy: the king will die when the temple is finished. Although never completed, the ruins are still as small as a hill, enough to admire and admire. The huge cracks in the 1838 earthquake not only destroyed but also enhanced the impression of this heritage. Not far from Mingun Pagoda is the world’s largest bell weighing 90 tons, molded separately for the temple but never used.
Although we have seen the Hsinbyume Temple on the cover of the guidebook on Myanmar, we will be impressed by the gentle touch of this beautiful temple. Named after Queen Hsinbyume, the temple was built by King Bagyidaw in 1816 to commemorate his wife. The architecture of the pagoda, modeled after Mount Meru, is believed to be the center of the universe, with seven layers of curved white corridors symbolizing the seven surrounding mountains.
We climb to the top floor, enjoy rare silence on the journey and enjoy panoramic views of Mingun village along the Ayeyarwady River below. The river is like the people here, slow, gentle. On the riverside, giant rice plants leaned against the water. And far away, the wooden boats with blue sails seemed to stop at the light blue water on the horizon.