As the former capital of Myanmar in 1861, Mandalay was one of the last places which retained its king until the arrival of the British in 1885. Nowadays, Mandalay is well known for retaining a strong monk population and being the home of the Mahamuni Paya, arguably the country’s most famous gold Budddha statue.
Mandalay’s landscape also offers breathtaking views, especially for those who trek up Mandalay Hill. As Mandalay attracts foreign investors and gem traders, the city has a modern and progressive atmosphere to it.
Although Mandalay isn’t as old as Bagan, it is still Myanmar’s second largest city and serves as an excellent example of traditional Myanmar culture coexisting with modern trends.