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Mingun, one of the four ancient city around Mandalay is a short boat-ride upriver from Mandalay. Not only interesting sights to see but also a very pleasant boat trip. Mingun Pahtodawryi is the big incomplete temple built by King Bodawphaya in 1790. Two chinthe in front of the building are at the height of 95ft but badly damage by the 1838 quake. King Bodawpaya dedicated a big bronze bell which was made of bronze and it is the world's biggest ringing bell; but it is said that Buddhist devotees inserted gold, silver ornaments and jeweler into the bronze. The Bell measures eleven cubits and four thits (fingers) in diameter at its mouth; 33 cubits, 6 inches and four thits in circumference and 13 cubits, one mit and four thits in height. It weighs 55,555 viss (90 tonnes). Hsinbyume Paya or Myatheindan Paya was built by King Bagyidaw in 1816, three years before he succeeded Bodawpaya as king, the paya was constructed in memory of his senior wife the Hsinbyume princess. Unfortunately this was badly damaged in 1838 by a quake but King Mindon renovated it in 1874. Information

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