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Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book

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The Kuthodaw Paya houses "the world's largest book", 729 marble slabs of Buddhist scriptures.
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Mandalay, Myanmar
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Surprise place name world's largest book. I try to look around and find where it the book. But cant see any book there. they have small thousand of pagoda. inside walk past through you can see the big tree big branch. outside this area many...More

1  Thank Kaeprakhon
Reviewed 17 July 2013 via mobile

I visited this site on Peregrine tour and it was more or less presented to us as " The world's largest book" which recently had gained UNESCO status. I didn't quite know what to expect but my imagination could never come up with this. As...More

Thank AuroraPolaris
Reviewed 16 July 2013

Ca 724 Stones with Buddhas teaching ingraved, I liked the place, all the white pagodas with the stone pageses.

1  Thank anina007
Reviewed 16 July 2013

There are a myriad of great photo opportunities! Take the time to find the right angle. Remember to give yourself time to sit and enjoy the atmosphere.There are a myriad of great photo opportunities! Take the time to find the right angle. Remember to give...More

Thank Claus_Christensen_DK
Reviewed 14 July 2013

Certainly bewildering to walk amongst the 'pages' of the "World's Largest Book". Slabs containing Buddhist texts are housed in so many small 'shrines' (for lack of a better word) spread across the whole compound. In the center stands a large golden stupa. Worthwhile just to...More

3  Thank JoshShoeString
Reviewed 29 June 2013

It is just neat to walk around here. There's a also a beautiful banyan tree. Not much more to say. Nothing not to like.

Thank KathrynSpike
Reviewed 20 June 2013

Well worth a visit. So much work has gone into the "world's largest book". There are a few people selling trinkets and such. Good place to take some photos.

Thank Snookystraveltips
Reviewed 26 May 2013

This pagoda is quite unique. The main pagoda is golden and It has a square courtyard around it containing hundres of small white pagodas which has the marble tablets inscripted with scriptures of Buddhism. Since it is near the Mandalay Hill, it was our last...More

Thank Midcap
Reviewed 25 May 2013

729 slabs of marble, each in its own 'stupa', set out the teachings of Buddha. A lot of work has clearly gone into this but unless you can read Burmese, it becomes very same same. Once you've seen one slab, you've seen them all.

1  Thank salamisister
Reviewed 20 May 2013

It was really hot and over crowded and so the wait was longer than usual. There were 729 stupas each of which had a large marble tablet with scriptures. Originally, the scriptures were written in gold ink. There were lots of people so people watching...More

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Henry K
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Response from vosdiana | Reviewed this property |
Honestly, it is so worth the trip!!! Every page of the book is on a marble slab sand every slab has it's own small stupa. It really is beautiful and it is so different from the rest of the pagodas/stupas you will see!!
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5 August 2016|
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Response from kathy w | Reviewed this property |
There is no fee but there are women who "watch" your shoes while you are inside and you can give them a tip if you like. First time I went I had a guide which I found helpful, went back by myself just to sit and soak it up... More
14 February 2015|
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Response from Ewen M | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but 2-3 acres seems about right. Unless you want to actually read each tablet, there is no need to cover it all. We found a short stroll around gave us all the full ambience and insight into this extraordinary... More