Mandalay is the former royal capital, located in the center part of Myanmar, lying on the Irrawaddy River. King Mindon, from Kon Baung Dynasty in 1857, marks this city as his new royal capital at the foot of the famous Mandalay Hill, then built the Mandalay Palace, and the moat at the center of the city. It is a square shaped city, with streets constructed based on the shape moat itself. Unfortunately, Mandalay was bombed in World War II, and pretty much everything original had been destroyed. The palace, the moat and most of its landmarks had been rebuilt during the 1900s. Nevertheless, this city is still truly filled with pure Myanmar art, culture, tradition and history. If you are a lover of history, religious activities, Mandalay is ecstasy for you. In addition, Manadalay is known as the food heaven of the country. So, if you are a foodie, Mandalay is a must in your to go list.
Modern Mandalay is also known as the bike city for Myanmar. Back in the days, citizens of this city use bicycles as the main transportation system, but now that the time has changed, bicycles have been replaced by bikes. The locals though, use public transportation very less.
With marvelous cultural markets, many monasteries, gold workshops, traditional fabric studios, as well as a busy working riverside, and a local food paradise to explore, Mandalay will keep you excited and attract you to visit her every time.