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Mandalay's holiest shrine is a 12-foot bronze Buddha.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good38%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“gold leaf” (191 reviews)
“buddha image” (43 reviews)
“face washing” (31 reviews)
Mandalay 11511, Myanmar
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most important pagodas in all of Myanmar. Local people come here to place gold leaves on the Buddha statue in the centre of the pagoda. Great to see the local traditions and not so many tourists (like everywhere in Myanmar) so far....More

Thank Lukas L
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was at the Mahamuni Paya and managed to take pictures (with payment for camera) of devotees venerate the statue with gold leaf. A must visit for all tourists and devotees alike.

Thank GohKL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was lucky to visit this temple in January during the time that they clean the face of this Buddha image. Very good to joined their ceremony that time.

Thank Tip I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yes it is another pagoda but it is also very beautiful and different . In fact it's worth seeing just for the magnificent jade mosaics and decorations . Plus the passages leading to this sight are a great place to buy jade .

Thank Amber D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This pagoda, just a bike ride away in Mandalay, is one actually worth paying a visit to. Although it shop-riddled gallery predicts little good, the pagoda itself is pretty and the process of the men sticking the gold to the Buddah is pretty interesting to...More

Thank Henry A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mahamuni pagoda is well worth visiting even though it is a little out of the way. Again you will see a place of devotion rather than a tourist spectacle which makes it a great experience

Thank zerek2016
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Bustling with crowds, Mahamuni Pagoda is both tourists and locals' favorite. My suggestion is to go at 4 am to witness the monks washing Budhha statue ceremony.

Thank MintsKina
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Just prayer and merit making by paste a piece of gold leaf. In this way, devotees felt satisfaction to his or her inner wants.

Thank AlienAsia
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The Bhudda with layer on layer of gold leaf is the principal attraction here, but the rest of the pagoda is interesting with a number of nice Buddha images and cool areas with jade over the columns.. Placing gold leaf on the Buddha image is...More

Thank donandkeo
Reviewed 5 August 2017

The temple is always bustling with crowds. One of the most important sites in Myanmar. It is quite an unique experience to see the gold foils get stamped on to the statue. Definitely a must see in Mandalay.

Thank Louderthanbomb
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11 December 2016|
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Response from John P | Reviewed this property |
We did not buy Gold Leaf but it is cheap for the locals to place their offering on the Buddha . The comments above are accurate and the face which is washed at 4 am is the only part of the statue not covered with inches of... More