Attraction 62nd St Mandalay Myanmar (Burma) Published on: 13-11-2015
|1 hours 30 mins|
|08:00 AM - 04:30 PM|
Temple & Monument
Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book is special ?
The World's Largest Book The Kuthodaw Pagoda or Maha Lawka Marazein Paya is often called the world’s largest book. It is a large walled complex situated at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill and was built by King Mindon at the same time he was constructing the Royal Palace. Its central stupa is modeled on the Shwezigon at Nyaung U near Bagan.
The Kuthodaw Paya (Pagoda), or Maha Lawka Marazein Paya, contains what often is called the world’s largest book. It is a large walled complex situated at the base of the southeast stairway to Mandalay Hill and was built by King Mindon at the same time he was constructing the Royal Palace. Its central stupa is modeled on the Shwezigon at Nyaung U near Bagan. An on-site carved tablet indicates that the pagoda’s height is 187 ft 9 in, high, while some guide books list it at 100 ft (30 m). The former includes the platform in the measurement.
What to explore at Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book?
Surrounding the pagoda are 729 shrines each containing a single marble slab inscribed in both sides in Burmese script. Together, the 729 slabs are called “the world’s largest book”, each stone slab representing one of its pages. The slabs are inscribed with texts of the Sutta Pitaka, the Vinaya Pitaka and Abhidhamma Pitaka, the three parts that make up the Tripitaka, the teachings of the Buddha written in ancient Pali language.
King Mindon ordered the “book” to be made. The works started in 1860 and took 8 years to complete. The texts were copied from an
Scient manuscripts written on dried palm leaf, the letters chiselled out of the stone and inlaid with gold leaf. Each marble slab measuring 153 centimeters tall and 107 centimeters wide is enshrined in a structure called Dhamma ceti or kyauksa gu in Burmese, “gu” meaning cave.
The white shrines are lined in rows around the complex, with corridors in between wide enough to walk through. Each Dhamma ceti houses a single slab behind openable gates. The shrines have an entrance on all four sides with elaborately decorated arches over them and are topped with a hti, an ornamental spire. One more slab (no 730) tells the story of how the world’s largest book came about.
How to get to Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book?
The pagoda is located just East of the Mandalay Royal Palace in the North part of Mandalay, very near the Sandamuni pagoda, Atumashi monastery and Shwenandaw Monastery.
- Quite an impressive sight
- Worth a quick look
- Mindblowing ranks and files of white stupas
- The World' Biggest Book
- Perfect Symmetry
62nd St Mandalay Myanmar (Burma)
Tips for you
We were drawn in by the perfect rows of beautiful white stupas with gold tops and tinkling wind chime bells. Being a bit slow on the uptake, and with little information in English (perhaps we missed it trying to avoid the postcard and bell sellers) we were still looking for a book. Slowly dawned on us that the stupas each held an inscribed page, hence creating the book. A lovely place with its own mystique and not to be missed.