My Native Town
My native town is Mandalay it’s also well-known as a culture city of Myanmar. Mandalay is Upper Myanmar’s main commercial, educational, health centre and considered the centre of Burmese culture. Mandalay is Located in the central dry zone of Myanmar and on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River. Its also surrounded by Sagaing Hill, Shan Yoma Hill, Kyut Sae Hill and Mandalay Hill. My native town is the second-largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. King Mindon founded Mandalay and the royal palace, Mya Nan San Kyaw as a new capital at the foot of Mandalay Hill in 1857.
When it was founded in 1857, the royal city was officially named Yadanabon which means “The City of Gems”.
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King Mindon also founded the Kuthodaw Pagoda, the Thudhamma Zayats and the library for the Buddhist scriptures. I’m always proud the glory of Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace and Mandalay Kyone. That’s a trademark of my native town. Mandalay is famous with the places such as Maha Muni Pagoda, Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, Kuthodaw Pagoda, Shwenandaw Monastery and Atumashi Monastery. Mandalay is Myanmar’s cultural and religious centre of Buddhism, having numerous monasteries and more than 700 pagodas.
That show my native town is very devout in Buddhist religious. Moreover, Mandalay is well-known in the world by The World’s Biggest Book, located in Kuthodaw Pagoda and U Paing Bridge. Most of the famous authors and artists in Myanmar were emerged from Mandalay and they served our traditional culture not to disappear and created new cultural tradition to our generations. Therefore, no matter how much the globalization wave is influenced in Mandalay, Mandalay always has a sense of our Myanmar people’s culture and overwhelmed the religious beliefs.