Second largest city and the last royal capital before the arrival of the British in the 19th century, it has many pagodas and monasteries. You will find the royal palace with impressive moats. But Kuthodaw pagoda where Buddhist scriptures are carved on 729 marble slabs and presented as the "greatest book" of the world. At the top of Mandalay Hill, you have a beautiful view of the surroundings from the Sutaungpye pagoda.