Mingun is a town in Sagaing Division and located 11km from Mandalay on the west bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Mingun Pahtodawgyi and Mingun Bell are the main attractions in Mingun.
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The Mingun Pahtodawgyi is an uncompleted stupa and it was built by King Bodawpaya in 1790. Mingun Pahtodawgyi was not completed ,because an astrologer claimed that if this temple was finished, the king would die. You can visible the huge cracks on the structure because of earthquake on 12 march1839. The completed stupa would have been the largest in the world because it highs 150 meters.
Mingun Bell is one of the things that was donated by King Bodawpaya. He did this huge bell with his huge stupa at the same time. Min Bell weighting90 tons and it is the third largest bell in the world. But it is the largest ringing bell in the world today. In Myanmar measurement the weight of the bell is 55,555 viss(1 viss= 1.63 kg) and handed down as a mnemonic (Min Phyu Hman Hman Pyaw) and this consonants representing the number 5 in Myanmar astronomy and numerology.
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