23th March, early in the morning we reached a little port next to Mandalay and we went on a huge motor boat for a ride in the Irrawaddy river.
During the journey to Mingun, our destination point, was organized also a retail of usual objects: bracelets, chains, and T-shirts.
In Mingun port there is a beautiful white pagoda, Settawya Paya, where you can find an imprint of Budhha's foot.
On the east bank of Irrawaddy river there is Mingun, an ancient royal city dominated by Pa Hto Daw Gyi pagoda, or Mingun Paya, unfinished pagoda.
It's a pagoda wanted by king Bodawpaya, but after his death the construction has been interrupted: it would be the biggest pagoda of the world if
it would be finish. During centuries, the pagoda was seriously damaged by earthquakes (the biggest one was in 1839). A curtain formed by pagoda was
used to build a staircase, so, always berefoot, you can reach the top from where you can have a nice view.
The day was very hot and climbing to Pa Hto Daw Gyi wasn't easy, reason why we stooped in a bar along the way, for a cold beer. There was also Chi Chi with her fan. Along the way you can find many galleries with local artist's paintings, very appreciated even by dogs, as you can see on the picture.
After midday, we've returned to Mandalay.