Mingun Paya

When you’re in Burma, the massive, ruined temple of Mingun Paya is not to be missed, and WoWasis visitors will discover that the river trip from Mandalay is just as rewarding as the visit to the huge structure itself.  Built by thousands of slave laborers commencing in 1790, work was halted in 1819 upon the death of King Bodawpaya.

Looming high and wide on the inland side of the road, the Mingun Paya is actually just the cracked brick base of the original plan. The grandiose pagoda Myanmar king Bodawpaya had in mind was set to reach 150 m. Myanmar Mingun Paya construction began in 1790 with a labour force of thousands of Myanmar Burma slaves and prisoners of war. Myanmar king Bodawpaya often supervised construction from a set up residence on an island offshore. Work halted in 1819 when Bodawpaya who was a king of Myanmar Burma died.

In 1838, an earthquake destroyed large portions of what many scholars believe to be the largest brick edifice ever built.  Huge cracks run down its sides, but you can climb to the top (barefoot, as it’s a Buddhist shrine) for a wonderful view of the river and surrounding area.   Although relatively easy to get to, there are relatively few visitors, so you may experience Mingun’s atmosphere all by yourself.

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