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Myanmar, Mandalay: A Colonial Pride– VIDEO

Published: 25.4.2017
Burma's second largest city sometimes gives you the feeling as it doesn't fint into the country. To be honest, I loved it more than any other city in the country yet it was unimpressive at first. Let's make a quick look at the city.

The influence of British colonialism is strongly present in Mandalay. However, Buddhist culture is still present on many places. When I tried to find out why the city so differs from the rest of the country, I realized the foundation date is the key. It was King Mindon who commenced construction of the new capital in 1857. Many cities are much older. Moreover, only 26 years after the foundation of the city, the country was seized by the British..

monks have to go out into the streets to get their breakfast   morning procession of Buddhist monks

Many visitors to Mandalay spend only short time in the city while on their way to the famous Bagan, or north of the country. But there is a lot to see and the city and in its proximity as well. First, visit the vast royal palace compound, and climb up the holy Mandalay Hill for the sundown.

Mandalay

Be sure to make a stop by U Bein Bridge – the longest bridge made of the precious teak wood. Also, follow my recommendation and visit Amarapura, a neighbor city which was the capital in the past.

Streets markets were the greatest entertainemnt for me in Mandalay. I drank tea with different people in street stands, and observed the life around. Unlike the busy and noisy Yangon, here you won't get a headache after short while.

street markets

street markets   street markets

You can also board some of regular boat or train lines connecting the city with neighboring villages. Only there you can learn what the real life in Myanmar looks like. Many places have been untouched by globalization so far nor by modern technology. And you must not travel far away. Just several kilometers behind the city is whole another world.

GPS: 21°53'47.0"N 96°02'52.5"E

 

Text, photos, and video: Matouš Vinš

Music: Scott Holmes



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