Mandalay, the last royal capital of the BurmeseKingdom, was founded by King Mindon in 1857 and first called Yadanabone. Mandalay is also the second largest city in Myanmar. It is a cultural centre, and you can observe enchanting architecture, wood and stone carvings, silk weaving, ancient tapestry and gold & silver crafts. The main sightseeing highlights are MandalayPalace, surrounded by a beautiful moat; Kuthodaw Pagoda, known as the world’s biggest book of 1774 slabs; Golden Palace Monastery, a superb traditional wooden building; Kyauktawgyi Pagoda and the colorful Zegyo Market; full of shopping variety. Panoramic views of Mandalay Hill and Maha Muni Buddha Image show the significance of Buddhism.