Located across majestic Ayeyarwady River, about 12 kilometers north of Mandalay, Mingun is famous as the home of the world’s second-largest ringing bell, weighing 90 tones, as well as a giant unfinished pagoda. Its main attraction is the ruined Mingun Pahtodawgyi. The Mingun temple is a monumental uncompleted stupa. Mingun Payagyi was supposed to be the world’s largest monument, however what stands today could better be described as the world’s largest pile of bricks.
The Mingun Bell is also the largest working bell in the world. A visit to Mingun invariably means a boat trip from Mandalay’s Gawain jetty and takes about one hour upriver and 40 minutes downriver. With plenty of activity to see on the river, a boat trip to Mingun is a pleasant way to pass the morning or afternoon.
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