- Mandalay is the old Capital of Burma.
- Known as Yadanar Bon Nay Pyi Daw.
- Hosted the Fifth Buddhist Council.
- U Khanti Kyauk Sar was regarded as the World’s Largest Book in the Ripley’s “Believe It or Not”
- Upper Burma (including Mandalay) was annexed by the British in 1885.
- Mandalay College was established under Rangoon University.
- It became Mandalay University
The first visit was see a friend who was teaching at the Agricultural Department in MASU before the department moved to Yezin.
The second visit was to give a short course at the Geology Department at the request of Saya Dr. Maung Thein (mentor of Ko Soe Myint (UCC Systems) during the summer holidays. Some sayas were disturbed. We overheard, “Why is Sayagyi inviting the two UCC guys here”.
During our UCC days, I accompanied Sayagyi Dr. Chit Swe and Ko Myint Oo (who later worked at Phaung Gyi) to Sagaing Hills to be temporary monks for a week. After we de-robed, Ko Myint Oo and I went to Mandalay, where we met two friends of Ko Myint Oo. They had recently joined “Tourist Burma” and were assigned that day to guide a university student from US doing his project on some aspects of Burma. The student had prepared a list of items that he would like to see in Mandalay. I became an ad-hoc “tourist guide” for a day.
In 2016, we stayed at a hotel in the area (which used to be Chan Mya Thazi airport). Things have changed a lot.
In November 2019, I was invited to be a Panelist at the 5th Irrawaddy Literary Festival held in Mandalay.
In January 2020, I was invited to join the 2020 PSA Tour (of six cities in Upper Burma).
- Saya U Tin Maung Nyunt (M60) gave me a book by Ludu Daw Ah Mar. She wrote about Mandalay Thu and Mandalay Thar Myar. She wrote about
- Kyar Ba Nyein (where Kyar not only means “tiger” but also “checkers”), who is a cousin uncle of Saya Allen Htay (C58)
- Naga Daw Oo
- Some philanthropists from Mandalar
- Myanmar Pithuka Saya Saing (father of Sayadaw U Silananda, grandfather of architects U Than Tun & U San Maung)
- During the early days of UCC, we were housed on the Third Floor of Mandalay Hall in RASU.
- Some (from outside Rangoon) spent nights at the Mandalay Hall.
- A few supposedly heard “footsteps of the dead”.
- Myanmar publication in Southern California, USA
- U Maung Maung Kyi has three passions
Mandalay (known by outsiders)
- “On the road to Mandalay” by Rudyard Kipling
- Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA