We also climbed Mandalay Hill, a famous viewpoint over the surrounding plains with a number of incredible elaborately decorated stupas dotted along the walk/step up.
This guy, a chinthe, guards the entrance at the bottom of the hill.
As we climbed we were greeted by the normal requests for photos with local people.
And some people who didn’t ask at all!
About half way up you come across this HUGE gold man, pointing back down the hill to the palace (just in case you were wondering which way it is?)
It’s fairly hard to get lost though, there are lots of amazing signs along the way…
Each building on the way up is elaborately decorated with mirrors, tiles and hand-rendered typography.
In so many patterns!
This is the view when you finally reach the top.
Near the bottom is the biggest book in the world. Written on 1775 slabs of marble, each ‘page’ is housed in its own mini stupa, creating quite an incredible visual effect. This is the view of them you’re walking back down the hill, they’re the lines of white spires.
Getting a bit closer, you can see the tiny words inscribed on each stone, protected inside it’s own house.
The overall effect is pretty mesmerising, it’s such a surreal place to wander round. Quite awe inspiring really!