Situated in the town of Mingun in Sagaing Region, about 10 kilometers northwest of Mandalay, Mingun Temple (also known as MingunPahtodawgyi or MingunPaya) is a spectacular unfinished construction on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. The ruin that we see today has the height of 50 meters, and that is just one – third of the intended height for the complete building.
The construction of Mingun Temple was in accordance with the order by King Bodaszpaya in the 18th century. It was all started when a Chinese offered a gift, which is a sacred Buddha tooth relic, to the King. King Bodaszpaya thought that such relic should be preserved in the biggest and most gorgeous temple, so he ordered the construction of Mingun Temple with the intended height of 152 meters. Mingun temple had its construction started in 1790. In 1797, after reaching one-third of the intended height, the construction was suspended. There are several theories about the reasons for the suspension of the structure, but the most famous one is a prophecy foretelling the perishing of the dynasty.
This great bell of world renown stands near the massive Mingun pagoda in the Sagaing Hills. Both are the merit of King Bodaw (1781-1819) of Konbaung dynasty. The bell was chiefly made of brass, with some other metals added, all weighting 55555 viss (about 80 tons). A cryptogram in Myanmar language,” Min PhyuHmanHmanPyaw”, tells the exact of the bell to later generations.
Mya Theindan Pagoda
The Pagoda was first built by King Bagyidaw on Thursday, the fullmoon day of Tagu in 1163 ME. It was destroyed by the 1200 ME earthquake and rebuilt by King Mindon in 1236 ME as seen today.The seven terraces like the waves was to signify the seven rivers and seven mountains the seventh terrace was to signify the peak of Ugando Mountain and at the centre was a brick structure encircled by a five-tier structure and it conveyed the sign of the Mount Meru. The pagoda was an image of Sulamani Pagoda at the peak of Mount Meru in Tavatimsa plane of nats. The surrounding pyathats signify the abode of the nats. The three tazaungs signified the three from the nat world to Thingathanago prepared for Buddha to descend from Tavatimsa. Each has 53 steps.