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Mandalay Hill, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) – part 1 of 3

By on March 25, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma

Mandalay Hill has a series of pagodas (paya) running up the side to the main pagoda, Sutaungpyei (literally wish-fulfilling) Pagoda, at the top.

Be warned…. It is a long hard hot climb, particularly if you are not wearing shoes, which you are not allowed to do as it is a religious site. However, for the less fit (or less mad) you can take a taxi to the top.

The whole site is very very touristy with lots of sellers on the steps and numerous small shops at the top.

The start of the walk up Mandalay Hill is easy to find. Just look for two really large white sculptures….

Start of the hike...

Start of the hike…

The start….

Start of the hike up Mandalay Hill

Start of the hike up Mandalay Hill

And from the start you think it is not going to be too far…

The start of the long long hot hike up Mandalay Hill

The start of the long long hot hike up Mandalay Hill

On the route you encounter a lot of different pagodas…

The Chedawya Pagoda - Mandalay Hill

The Chedawya Pagoda – Mandalay Hill

And the trail goes on up Mandalay Hill…. One good thing is the trail is covered, so you are out of the sun.

Stairs leading up the hill...

Stairs leading up the hill…

And all along the route there are people trying to make a kyat (local currency). One of the more bizarre things (shown below) are these scenes along the way where you can stop and have your photograph taken, and printed out.

What?

What?

Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill

Does anybody actually stop at these and have their photograph taken?

The Chedawya Pagoda - Mandalay Hill

The Chedawya Pagoda – Mandalay Hill

And the trail up Mandalay Hill goes on… Looking back at how far I’ve climbed…

Looking back down the stairs....

Looking back down the stairs….

A lot of people seem to live and work by the side of the stairway…

A lot of people seem to live and work by the side of the stairway...

A lot of people seem to live and work by the side of the stairway…

And the trail goes on…

Buddha - Mandalay Hill

Buddha – Mandalay Hill

Buddha - Mandalay Hill

Buddha – Mandalay Hill

And on…

And there are even more stairs...

And there are even more stairs… They just go on and on…

Seaitamau Pagoda - Mandalay Hill

Seaitamau Pagoda – Mandalay Hill

And the trail continues up Mandala Hill through more pagodas

Byardeik Paye Pagoda

Byardeik Paye Pagoda

I did like the pointing Buddha… It seemed to be telling me to turn around and go back down the hill….

The Buddha seems to be telling me to go back...

The Buddha seems to be telling me to go back…

Buddha - Mandalay Hill

Buddha – Mandalay Hill

As you climb the views get better….

View on the way up Mandalay Hill

View on the way up Mandalay Hill

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