I joined Jo, Nok, and her relatives on their tour of Mandalay today. Mom and auntie were heading back to Thailand today, so we did a quick bus tour in just a few hours.
First up: Mandalay Palace.
The palace is the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy before Myanmar was colonised. It was built between 1857 and 1859 as a part of King Mindon’s founding of the new royal capital city of Mandalay. The palace sits inside a fort and is surrounded by a moat outside of the fort walls. Apparently the more spires the building has, the more important it is.
Just over 20 years after the palace was built, it fell into British hands, because, y’know, colonialism. Much of the grounds was destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II. Buildings were rebuilt in the 1990s.
I got this information from Wikipedia because we didn’t have time to take a tour, but to be honest, twenty minutes felt like enough to take it in and appreciate the place.
Next up was Mahamuni. Since I’d already been the previous day, I wandered around and found this place instead. No idea what it’s called, but it was pretty, so yeah.
And a random Buddha…
And last up before dropping the sister at the airport was U Bein bridge. I don’t know what else to say about it aside from the obvious fact that it is indeed a bridge.