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Mandalay, about 700km north of Rangoon on the bank of Irawaddy River, is a historical old capital, a cultural and religious center of Buddhism having many monasteries, famous temples and more than 700 pagodas of great beauty. The city is neither very old nor particularly beautiful but it was the capital of the last independent Burmese kingdom which in 1886 was finally conquered by the British.

This picture shows one of the great attractions in Mandalay. The Sundamani Paya complex, a cluster of slender whitewashed stupas, located to the southeast of Mandalay Hill, built as a memorial to Prince Kanaung, brother of King Mindon, who was assassinated in 1866. This dense 'forest of stupas' is highly photogenic and very impressive to see and additionally around the stupa there are 1774 marble slabs inscribed with the Teachings of Buddha.

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