• India – Myanmar – Thailand – Malaysia Crossing

    Duration: 26 Days 25 Nights - Price: $US

    India Myanmar Thailand Malaysia

    This tour allows you to drive drive from India to Thailand via Myanmar, before exiting into Malaysia with your own vehicles (bikes, cars, motorhomes).  Burma Senses make your crossing...

  • Burma Trekking Tour

    Duration: 13 Days 12 Nights - Price $1950

    Ann ethnic people in Kyaing Tong

    On this adventurous Burma Trekking Tour, we walk through remote lands and also spend time in the principal highlights of the country. We trek to remote hilltribes of the...

  • Burma At Glance Tour

    Duration: 07 Days 06 Nights - Price $1250

    Burma monk with umbrella

    This Burma At Glance Tour is perfect for those who desire to visit Burma's 4 major cities, including  Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake in very short time. With this...

  • Burma Photo Tour

    Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights - Price $2385

    Burma Picturesque Photo Tours

    Discover one of the world’s most photogenic countries on a special photographic tour organized by Burma Senses Travel & Tours. Hone your photographic skills while travelling through Burma's Victorian...

Tour Theme


Price from



  • Internationally registered, reputable enterprise
  • Quick response within 12 hours
  • Local experts with rich knowledge
  • Personalized services
  • Easy to settle payments online
  • 24/24 Support
  • Satisfaction Commitment
  • Professional Consultancy
  • Unrivalled Values
Home >> Mandalay Attractions >> Kuthodaw


Kuthodaw Pagoda is set at the foot of Mandalay Hill. Built by King Mindon at the same time he was building the Royal Palace, its full name is Maha Lawka Marazein Paya but it is often known as the world’s largest book.

The main stupa inside the Kuthodaw complex, standing 57 meters high, is imitated after the Shwezigon Pagoda of Bagan. There are 729 Pitaka pagodas surrounding the central structure. There are 729 Pitaka pagodas surrounding the central structure. It required the efforts of more than 2,400 monks over 6 months to fully recite the text of Tripitaka, which is found in each of the Dhammazedi.

The collection of 719 Pitaka pagodas or shines are located among three enclosures around the main stupa, one containing 42 stone tablets, a second one 168, and a third one 519 tablets.

The marble on which the Tripitika was inscribed were originally cut then transported from the Sagaing Hill, which is some 12 miles away from Mandalay. Each slab of marble stone was cut with standard of 5 feet tall, 6 inches thick and up to 4 feet wide. As all of the carved letters were originally veneered in gold leaf, the work were done in the palace of King Mindon’s. The actual carving was commenced in the year 1860 and was completed in 1869.

Kuthodaw pagoda

Some Pitaka pagodas inside Kuthodaw Complex

Kuthodaw pagoda

Kuthodaw pagoda and the Chinthe Lion