Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)
Photo by Rhiannon Taylor
Kuthodaw PagodaKnown as the world’s biggest book, Kuthadow Pagoda has over 700 marble slabs inscribed with the teachings of the Buddha. Each slab (or page) is encased in a small white temple and the pagoda is one of the most beautiful holy sites to visit in Myanmar. Built in the 1860s under King Mindon Min’s rule, it is unlike any other pagoda in the country. Surrounded by old trees, it’s best to visit Kuthadow Pagoda as the sun goes down to watch the light filter through the hundreds of white stupas.
Rhiannon Taylor traveled on Abercrombie & Kent’s Myanmar & the Irrawaddy tour as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Rhiannon’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.