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On the road to Mandalay in Myanmar – the last capital of Royal Burma

Fulfilling a Buddhist prophecy King Mindon selected the short lived site of the Burmese Royal capital at the foot of Mandalay Hill.

Lord Buddah pointing to the site of a Royal Burmese Capital

Lord Buddah pointing to the site of a Royal Burmese Capital

The British conquered upper Burma in 1885 and exiled King Thibaw into India ending Mandalay’s role as a capital city.

The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace moat

Travelling to Mandalay was partly an excuse to do a nice night bus but also as a transit stop before heading North into Shan States. That is why this post is very light on detail!

Mandalay is a well known city partly because of a Rudyard Kipling poem called Mandalay written after he had visited Mawlamyine (formerly Moulmein). Kipling never made it as far as Mandalay. This hasn’t stopped a plethora of bars being named after him.

http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_mandalay.htm

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