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Pahtodawgyi Paya

Pahtodawgyi Paya is an incomplete stupa that was a project of King Bodawpaya in 1790.

While the king’s slaves were working with the stupa, an astrologer prophesied about the demise that would come once the stupa is finished, which included the death of the king. Because of this, the king consented and stopped the completion of the stupa. Presently, the building is still unfinished because people are scared that it may lead to the death of the current king. The stupa stands at 50 metres, one-third of its original height. On March 23, 1839, an earthquake left the monument a visible crack in front. It is also a place for meditation, worship, and devotion as the elements of Buddha can still be found there.



Pahtodawgyi Paya is located 10 kilometres in the northwest area of Mandalay.


Opening Days and Hours

Opens daily from 8:00 to 20:00.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Entrance to this attraction is free.


How to Get There

  • Fly to Myanmar  via AirAsia, Korean Air, Thai Airways, and Vietnam Airlines.
  • From downtown Mandalay, you can ride a rickshaw to Pahtodawgyi Paya.


Suggested For

  • Families with kids
  • Couples
  • Solo travelers/backpackers
  • Groups
  • Adults/seniors


Time to Spend

Suggested duration in this attraction is 1 hour.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

Visiting at 9:00 and leaving before 11:00 is the best time to visit.



Dining options around the area include Golden Palace Restaurant, Mogok Daw Shan, Central Park, Ko’s Kitchen, Golden Duck, Indian Tadka Mandalay, and Aung Lin Restaurant.


Nearby Attractions

  • Amarapura Temple
  • Taungthaman Lake



Accommodations in Mandalay can be had at Hotel Mandalay, Hotel 76, Hotel A1, Mandalay City Hotel, and Ayarwaddy River View Hotel. Rates range from USD 22 to USD 58.

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