- The mud volcanoes of Minbu are actually methane gases trapped under the ground, forcing their way up to the surface.
- Minbu is located opposite Magway city. The journey from Magway to Minbu takes only 15 minutes.
- Buddha’s footprints are enshrined inside Mann Shwe Settaw Pagoda, located nearby.
Minbu is a small town in central Myanmar, located on the plains of Ayeyarwady River. The entire area undulates towards the Arakan hills. The beauty of the area lies in the enchanting mud volcanoes where mud evaporates from the undulating plains. The volcanoes spread across an extensive region. This place is one of a kind in the world and definitely worth a visit.
The origin of Minbu can be traced back to before the Konbaung Dynasty when it was a big city. The name of the city then was Mingala Para. Since Minbu is located at the junction of Mann Creek and Ayeyarwady River, it was later on named Mann Puu. Mann Puu slowly changed into Minbu.
HOW TO GET THERE
The locals consider this area to be a religious site, as legend has it that the dragons inside the earth are powering the volcanoes and pushing the earth out. Since this is a religious site, you will have to remove your shoes when you visit the location. Don’t worry, the mud is cold and won’t burn your feet.