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Palace

Palace

Mandalay Hill view from watchtower of the Palace



Watchtower

Watchtower
Mandalay is Myanmar's second city located roughly center of the country and the last capital of Myanmar. Ayeyarwaddy River run the west Mandalay Hill guard the north the city was provided nucleus for the Palace.

Unfortunately Royal Palace was burnt out during World War \x87U, only walls nearly 3km on a side and moat remained. After War this area belong to nation's armed forces. Later some building was rebuilt, now day we can see some foundation and model rooms.



Only east gate open for tourists you pay 5US$ for entrance in the Palace at the gate.



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Mandalay Hill

Mandalay Hill

Huge white lion
236m heights Mandalay hill lie northeast of the Palace like protected Mandalay city. Huge two white lion guard approach of the Hill.

Entrance fee the hill is 3US$, of course you can pay it by 3FEC

After half-hour's climb, Royal Palace, countless pagodas, town view and great river Ayeyarwady, magnificent scenery opened out before us.

I recommend you to climb hill toward evening. Especially after sunset view is beautiful. I'm sure you might have a fantastic time at top of the hill.




Evening glow of Mandalay Hill

Evening glow of Mandalay Hill



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Marionettes

Marionettes theater

Marionettes Theater

When I happened to pass small theater I dropped at the theater attracted exotic music. This is Marionettes Theater. Once royal capital placed Mandalay was traditional arts and entertainments remains.



Marionettes theater

Accompaniment instrument
Marionettes theater

Acting of Marionettes

Every evening at 8:00, fee is 3US$, Marionettes is put on the stage



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Making "Gold leaf"

Gold leaf

Put gold pieces between leaves of papers.
Hammer a pieces of gold flat

Hammer a pieces of gold flat
for 5-hours !
Five hours later

5-hours later
it's done



Gold leaf

Put "Gold leaves" on paper.
Gold leaf shop

"Gold leaf" shop in the temple

700kyat (neary 1US$) for 10-leaves



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