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Myanmar. Sunset at Mandalay Hill looking over Irrawaddy river. Astonishing view!
Mandalay region is flat but Mandalay Hill, located to the northeast of the city centre, stands out at 240 meters (790 ft). The Hill is covered with pagodas and monasteries, and has been a major pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists for nearly two centuries. At the top of the hill is the Sutaungpyei (literally wish-fulfilling) Pagoda. A panoramic view of Mandalay from the top of Mandalay Hill alone makes it worthwhile to go up. For the brave ones there are four covered stairways called saungdan leading up the top. A one-way motor road today saves time and also makes it accessible for those who are unable to climb up the stairs, leading to an escalator and a lift to the pagoda at the summit.
Once on the terrace of the Sutaungpyei Pagoda, a panoramic view of the Mandalay plain stretches far to the horizon. Sunset over the river Irrawaddy and the western and northern hills up to China can be a wonderful experience, and crowds of locals and tourists may be encountered in the evenings enjoying it.
Mandalay is a great name in WWII history. In March 1945 the British Fourteenth Army was closing in on the Japanese occupation force in Mandalay where resistance was based mainly at Mandalay Hill with its pagodas and temples honeycombed for machine-guns, The Japanese stood firm It was not until the 11th of March that the hill fell into British hands.

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  • Copyright: tony ossenblok (oss) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 1 N: 59] (425)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-07-19
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/16, 1/1000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-10-28 14:02
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