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Mandalay Hill

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According to Theravada lore, the Buddha visited Mandalay Hill, prophesizing that on the 2,400th anniversary of his death a great city would be founded at its foot. The vision was realized in 1857, when King Mindon moved his capital from Amarapura to carve out the foreseen “Golden City.” Visitors continue to make the auspicious ascent in large numbers, both to pay their respects at the shrines punctuating the stepped pathway to the summit, and for the views of the distant Shan Hills. A perfect preamble to the climb is a tour of the structures at the base of the hill. Dating  from Mindon’s era, they include one of the last surviving frag- ments of the great teak palace of the Konbaungs.

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