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“Was like a building site”
Review of Mahamuni Pagoda

Mahamuni Pagoda
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

The lower stages were filthy and like a building site. For something holy, there were stalls everywhere. Do persevere and get to the top as it gets better. A lot of it is badly made and gaudy. There was paint spilt all over the icons at one point.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Mahamuni pagoda is the most important of all the religious places in Mandalay. It is not a pagoda but an image of the Lord Buddha, believed to have been cast in the Lord's lifetime in the very presence of the Lord according to the tradition. According to legend, this is only one of the five likenesses of Buddha; two were in India, two in paradise and fifth is the Maha Muni or the Great Sage. Over the years pilgrims have covered it with gold leaf, so that some parts of the body are now barely recognizable. Close access due to religious belief is restricted only to males so only they are allowed to put the gold leaf on the Buddha. There were many locals praying and the monks were preparing thanaka for face washing ceremony and a small band was playing music and they were dancing as well which was nice. See the video

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

This must be the star of Mandalay from a tourist attraction. The complex is huge with its centrepiece the very large seated buddha figure. People apply gold leaf to the statue's body (except the face) all day. It is estimated that there is about 200 tons of pure gold covering the original statue. (it is amazing that the Japanese did not pilfer it during the war during their occupation). The faithful crowd around the statue offering homage to Buddha all day.
On the day we visited, there were countless families bringing their children dressed in colourful finery for the coming of age ceremonies.
Around the complex are other statues of a hindu nature including a multi-headed elephant which will supposedly cure ills if the appropriate part of the elephant is rubbed.
The complex is entered through a long series of stalls selling all things for tourists and some locals. In the evening, a small band plays soothing (?) music for Buddha.

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

This, so many other shrines, is well worthwhile visiting.Writing a lot of words describing the visit is almost meaninless. Rather visit it for yourself.

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Being one of the most important and revered shrines in Myanmar, this is a must see. It was interesting watching the men put on the gold leaf and the atmosphere was peaceful. I was a little shy at first to get up close to the Buddha but just go for it. It was an odd feeling that only men could get close but as a woman you just know to accept there ways and make the best to take in the beautiful sight.

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