02 May 2015

Meandering in Myanmar: Mandalay Hill

Mandalay is very flat. But there is one aberration, which is the hill located at the north of the city. It rises and provides a good view of what lies beneath. So I opted to visit this place. And yes, there is a temple at the top.

First, let me show you the view. It is interesting. You can see the vast flatness of the land below. This is after climbing the multitudes of steps going up. And since this is a Buddhist temple and a holy place, you have to climb up the staircase barefoot, without shoes nor socks. It was not for the germphobic. You pass through cats, dogs, vendors, astrologers, and souvenir shops. There are also a couple of Buddha statues along the way. But when you get to the top, you see a view.

The temple is rather dazzling, and pleasing to the eye, I should say. There are plenty of mirrors, and glass pieces. Shiny pieces, and Buddha statues, and a shining golden stupa. There are plenty of things to check out here. I was amazed, and yes, for once, I was impressed with what I saw in Mandalay.

There was also food. And water jugs, with different labels that I couldn't read. And there were plenty of statues and other interesting objects that were worth taking a photo of.

This was the last thing I saw in Myanmar. The day after, I headed out, checked out of my hotel, and caught the shuttle bus that runs free from the city center to the airport, catching a flight to Bangkok.


  1. A free bus to the airport? Now THAT'S a rarity!

    1. Zhu,

      Yes, it's free but it is definitely useful. The airport in Mandalay is so out of the way that really, it is worth taking the shuttle bus provided by the airline. If you have a booking with AirAsia, then you can ride the bus for free. Other airlines also have similar arrangements if I remember correctly.