Mingun is associated with very huge creations. In
1808 the king cast what was then the world's
largest ringable bell. The Mingun Bell survives, but
has lost that title.
The Mingun Bell is inside this attractive
This same king spent 30 years trying to build the
largest Buddhist pagoda. His effort failed,
abandoned when the king died. What remains is
a gigantic, unfinished ruin.
I preferred this white stupa, Hsinbyume Paya,
to the gold ones. It was built in 1816.
The structure's layers and gates honor seven
mountain ranges from the Buddhist cosmos.
Here you can count seven snakes which are also
part of this same design.
If you have a high speed internet connection,
watch the free Intrepid Berkeley Explorer video
of my Burma trip, "To Mandalay and Beyond",
featuring spectacular temples with golden
Buddhas and a Royal Culture Show, by clicking
on this direct link which starts it playing in the
To Mandalay and Beyond