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Sandamuni Pagoda, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

By on March 26, 2015 in Myanmar/Burma

I decided to head back over to the Mandalay Hill area this morning to explore some of the pagodas at the foot of the hill. The first one I came across was the Sandamuni Pagoda, which was stunning.

Slightly hidden away from the main tourist route the pagoda complex was worth exploring because of its size, and the fact that no one else seemed to be around.

When I first approached the complex I was unsure how to get in as I could see the buildings down what looked like a private lane.

 Sandamuni Pagoda

Sandamuni Pagoda

Inside the complex, there are a series of small pagodas, which were erected in 1913 by Ukhan Ti The Hermit. Each one was stunning on its own and collected together they made a stunning sight.

 Sandamuni Pagoda

 Sandamuni Pagoda

Each one contains a tablet inscribed with the teachings of the Buddha, and there are 1774 tablets altogether.

 Sandamuni Pagoda

The Sandamuni Pagoda

The Sandamuni Pagoda

The Sandamuni Pagoda

The place was surprisingly quiet and relaxing despite the busy roads and people just outside. The tinkling of small bells and gongs on the top of each mini-pagoda in the breeze was very relaxing.

The Sandamuni Pagoda

Where is everyone? The place seemed deserted when I visited.

Walkway at the Sandamuni Pagoda

Walkway at the Sandamuni Pagoda – where is everyone?

There was no entry fee to visit the complex, although donations were welcome.

FourSquare: Sandamuni Pagoda

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