Kuthodaw Pagoda and the World’s Largest Book
The Kuthodaw Pagoda was modeled after the Shwezigon Pagoda in Bagan and as such, has this most noticeable feature - it is also gilded.
The pagoda was commissioned by King Mindon Min for the noble purpose of leaving a religious legacy for the future generations. The Kuthodaw Pagoda lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill, one of the many architectural highlights of the hill. Be in awe of the level of intricacy from the numerous sculptures of deities and creatures from Buddhist and Hindu mythology adorning the South gate, the main entrance. All around the pagoda, you will encounter the different Theravada Buddhism beliefs etched in the stone marble slabs. These slabs measure at least 153 centimetres tall and 107 centimetres wide – earning the title of the “World’s Largest Book.” The main pagoda’s decorations, such as the 4 golden Chinthe, mythological lions, that serves as its guardian is also sure to be noticed. The Buddhas at the shrines ornamented in glittering gold will increase your admiration of Myanmar’s culture.
The Kuthodaw Pagoda is located in the east side of the Mandalay Royal Palace.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens daily from 7:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the pagoda is USD 5 per person.
How to Get There
- Fly to Mandalay via Myanmar Airlines.
- From the airport, board a taxi to the city proper.
- From the city centre, rent an e-bike or a motorcycle to Kuthodaw Pagoda.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this area is one hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit is between 9:00 and 11:00.
Dining options around the area include Golden Palace Restaurant, Mogok Daw Shan, Central Park, Ko’s Kitchen, Golden Duck, and Aye Myit Tar.
- Kutho Daw Pagoda
- Sanda Muni Paya
- Mandalay Hill
- Mandalay Marionette Theater
Accommodation in Mandalay can be availed from Hotel Mandalay, Hotel 76, Hotel A1, Mandalay City Hotel, and Ayarwaddy River View Hotel. Rates range from USD 22 to USD 58.