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Pahtodawgyi Pagoda – Mingun

The Mingun Pahtodawgyi is one of the famous monuments in the world. It is also known as the world’s largest unfinished pagoda. It lies in 10 kilometers northwest of Mandalay in Sagaing Region in central Myanmar. It was one of the big fours built by King Bodawpaya around the place. The building of Mingun Pahtodawgyi started in 1791 which was intentionally left unfinished. It was stopped at 49 meters height. If the constrution had been completed, it would have been the largest in the world at 150 meters.

There are all together 174 steps to climb to the top. The scenery is marvelous from the top of the Pagoda. You can view natural scenic beauty of Ayeyarwaddy river and green and pleasant Minwun Hill. This pagoda was badly damaged with cracks by the earthquake of 1839.

Another tourist attraction in Mingun is two enormous statues of lions on the bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River infront of Pahtodawgyi Pagoda.

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The massive Pahtodawgyi Pagoda

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The view from the top of the pagoda looks out on Mya Theindan pagoda

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One of the Mingun Lions on the bank of Ayeyarwaddy

(Source: myanmars.net)

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