Largest wooden monastery with Yadanabon-era artefacts in Mandalay

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Picture shows the outside view of Maha Min Htin Monastery in Mandalay.

There are many historical places in Mandalay including historically-significant wooden monastries, public resthouses, caves, multi-tiered roofs and famous pagodas.
Maha Muni Buddha Image, Pyi Min Thar Monastery, Sandamuni Pagoda, Mya Nan San Kyaw Shwe Nan Daw, Palace Wall, Thingazar Monastery, Yaw Min Gyi Monastery, the tomb of King Mindon and other interesting places are concentrated in Mandalay. Among these places, people can study one of the biggest wooden monasteries with the art works of Yandanabon period called Maha Min Htin Monastery.
The monastery is a five tier-roofed building together with a stepped roof at the third level. There is also a corridor and ladder in the southern part while one corridor and two ladders in the northern part of the monastery. It was originally constructed with 462 teak columns and now only 143 columns left as Zetawun Hall.
People can see the architecture of Yadanabon era at the monastery. The Maha Min Htin Monastery was firstly constructed in Inwa by elephant minister Maha Minhla Min Kyaw U Min Htin and then moved to Amarapura in 1214. In the reign of Kin Mindon, he moved the location of the monastery to the current venue at No 840 block, Shwe Phone Shine Ward of Mahaaungmye Township. The construction works had not been completed in the reign of King Mondon but in the reign of his son, King Thibaw.
After completion of the construction, the monastery was offered to venerable monk U Tissa. As the saying goes, Min Htin for its monastic structures, Moe Tar for its Buddhist ordination hall and the Ananda Temple for its delicate features. Currently, it is the largest wooden monastery of the Yadanabon era.—Nway Nadi (Myitnge(Translated by Khine Thazin Han)

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