Mandalay Hill is a well known place in Mandalay. One can view the whole city of Mandalay from it. A pagoda is built on the top of the hill. You can go up by car or by climbing up the stairs. There are about 1700 steps from the base to the top. The hill is about 790 feet high.
If you drive by car from the archway of Mandalay hill, you will reach the entrance of escalator of the hill. From there, you can proceed to the top of the Mandalay hill by escalator and pay homage to Su Taung Pyi Pagoda,means wish-granting Pagoda, built by King Anawratha in 414 Myanmar Era.It was patronized and renovated by successive KonBaung Kings. You can study documentary photos of Mandalay hill on the platform of Pagoda.
Moreover, the stairways are being constructed from the bottom to top of the hill which you can climb at ease and rest as you go up the stairway. There is a saying that if you want to live long, you take refuge in the environs of Mandalay hill. It means that as climbing to the Mandalay hill on foot is good for health.And to pay homage to the pagoda along the way makes one live long. You can pay homage to prominent pagodas along the stairway of Mandalay Hill. Besides, you can visit the shops of Myanma traditional handmade toys, gifts such as beads.If you reach the top of the hill, you can pay homage to Su Taung Pyi Pagoda. Moreover, you can view the elegant craftsmanship with two Snakes raising the hoods up.
As Mandalay hill looks like a natural tower, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Mandalay and its environs from there. Sagaing Hill, Ayeyarwady River and Mingun in the west and Yankin hill, YaeTa Khun Hill in the east can be enjoyed with pleasure.In the evening, the platform of Mandalay Hills Su Taung Pyi Pagoda is crowded with tourists and devotees who record the beauty of sunset.If you visit Mandalay, the ancient capital of Myanmar, we invite you to enjoy the natural beauty of Mandalay hill not very far from the capital and to pay homage the prominent pagodas there.
The story is told that when Gautama Buddha visited the hill he stretched out his hand to the plain below and prophesied that a great city and religious center would be founded at its base. The hill its consequently contains a numerous pagodas and religious shires, including the Peshawar relics of three bones of the Buddha given by King Ashoka (now exhibited elsewhere). Approximately half-way up the hill the Shweyattaw Temple houses a large golden standing statue of the Buddha commissioned by King Mindon; it is in a dramatic pose with his right hand pointing toward the Royal Palace and the city below.
His faithful disciple, Ananda, prays attentively at his right side. The temple itself was one of the many religious projects of the Hermit on the Hill, U Khan Dee (U Kanti). There is also the Su Taung Pyi (or Sutaungpyai) and Two Snake Pagoda (Mway-hniq-kaung-hpaya), plus numerous other religious sites. And along the way one finds many souvenir stalls, religious material and astrologers.
Every one who arrived in Mandalay, the ancient capital of Myanmar, usually goes to Mandalay Hill, the landmark of Mandalay, which overlooks the city.
The pagoda and its ancillary pavilion are located near the top of Mandalay Hill, the holy hill from which the Buddha reportedly predicted that a great religious city would emerge at its base. It is suggested that the pagoda was originally built by the great builder of Bagan, King Anawratha, in 1052. This wish-granting pagoda was often renovated by its patrons, the Konbaung kings, in later years.
Perhaps the most famous of the renovators of the religious structures on Mandalay Hill was U Khan Dee (Yathee Gyi A.D. 1949). the famous and legendary Hermit on the Hill, who spent 41 years of his life on the hill raising funds for many structures, including Sutaungpyai, where he spent many years.