To the north of downtown Mandalay is the well-known Mandalay Hill with a height of 230 m above the sea level. It is dotted with pagodas and Buddhist temples and Mandalay city is popular with the harmonizing beauty of Mandalay Hill. The fabulous panoramic view of Mandalay city and the experience of sunrise or sunset are the greatest attractions for visitors to stop their one-day sightseeing tour and climb up to the top of the Mandalay Hill.
History and Background
Mandalay Hill, in the Burmese language “Mandalay Taung”, formally formed with a giant ogress naming Sanda Mukhi. In its legend, Gautama Buddha once visited this place and the ogress, Sanda Mukhi looked something to offer to the Buddha and didn’t find anything, she finally decides to donate her breasts. And so, for this extreme doing of merit, Buddha said Byadeikchway words (prophesying) that this Sanda Mukhi Ogress would be reborn as a King who builds a great city at the foot of this hill and would become a supporter for the Theravada Buddhism with the pointing of his right hand towards the city (future Mandalay city). Many Buddhism believes that King Mindon who founded Mandalay was an ogress Sanda Mukhi. With this belief, one statue of ogress paying obeisance to the Buddha on each of the four corners of the terrace.