Kuthodaw Pagoda & The World's Largest Book, Mandalay

Currently Open [Closes at 08:00 pm]
  • Address: At the junction of 62nd street and 10th street, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: 6795 MMK
  • Time Required: 00:40 Mins
  • Tags: Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
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About Kuthodaw Pagoda & The World's Largest Book, Mandalay

The Kuthodaw Pagoda accommodates the largest book in the world. There are more than 700 stone inscriptions kept in individual caves located here that have excerpts from Tipitaka and the entire Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism carved onto them. The pagoda dates back to the 1860’s and is loved for its beautiful architecture and spiritual ambience.

Other highlightsinclude:

  • The bell at Kuthodaw
  • The Inga nan paya shrine
  • Multiple Zayat structures seen around the temple

Kuthodaw Pagoda & The World's Largest Book Ticket Prices

  • Admission Fee: USD 5 per person (~Burmese Kyat 6794.75)

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  • Photogenic from afar and up close. Thanaka face paint is offered by the staff. The largest book in the world - each spire is inscribed.

  • Super photogenic! Other than the fact that this is the world's largest book, it is also a super photogenic place for you to get as many great pictures as you want! I love white marble so I love this place!

  • Very serene and peaceful place...loved the concept of the spires being the chapter

  • Kuthodaw Pagoda Kuthodaw Pagoda is located at the base of the southeast stairways to Mandalay Hill. 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. Structure The stupa itself, connected to the outside entry by means of a long corridor, is set in the middle of a thirteen acre field of 729 pitaka pagodas or shrines (Dama Cetis). Each shrine contains a marble slab, inscribed on both sides with the Pali script text of a portion the Tipitaka (Pali spelling, or Tripitaka, in Sanskrit), Theravada Buddhism’s sacred texts. Taken together, they contain the entire text of the Tipitaka and thus form “the world’s largest book.” The slabs were carved from white Sagyin Hill marble found just a few miles north of Mandalay. The work of carving began in October 1860 and was carried out in a special hall within King Mindon’s Royal Palace. Each slab is 5 ft ((1.5 m) by 3.5 ft (1.1 m) wide and 5-6 in. (12.7 – 15 cm) thick. The Buddhist scholar/carvers completed their task in May 1869. If spread out horizontally, the slabs would cover a third of an acre (.1 ha); stacked vertically, the ‘pages’ would rise 340 ft (103 m). Originally the lettering also had a gold leaf veneer. The statistics given here are those given by U Tun Aung Chain, retired Professor of History, Yangon University. Several sources suggest the important role of the Fifth Buddhist Synod, which King Mindon called in 1872, in the development of the Kuthodaw. It perhaps was at this meeting of 2,400 monks from throughout the country that both authenticated the texts and began the construction of the encasing shrines. Credit ; Myanmartravelinformayion

  • Architecturally impressive and beautiful. Scores of small white pagodas arranged geometrically are dazzling in the sunlight. It's a short walk from Mandalay Hill so should be included in the itinerary.

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