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According to legend, Gautama Buddha visited the hill near Mandalay and pointing to the plain below prophesied that a great city would emerge one day on this plain. Gautama Buddha met a certain ogress
named Sandamukhi. Although she was an ogress, she decided to devote the rest of her life to follow the teachings of Buddha. As a sign of humility, she cut off her breasts and offered them to Gautama. Buddha declined the offered but he prophesied that the ogress would one day become a great king. The penultimate of the Burmese kings, King Mindon believed that he was the reincarnation of ogress Sandamukhi. And true to the legend, he built the great city, called Mandalay. He decised to fulfill the prophesy 2400 years after Gautama birth. The length of the walls is 2400 some Burmese units. The Mandalay Palace was constructed, between 1857 and 1859 as part of King Mindon's founding of new royal capital city of Mandalay. The plan of Mandalay Palace largely follows the traditional Burmese palace design, inside a walled fort surrounded by a moat. In oder to build it, he dismantled the old palace in former capital, Amaramura.
Another interesting story found in Wiki:
One of his queens (Burmese kings had a lot of qyueens) , Hsinbyumashin, dominated the last days of King Mindon. It was an edict by Hsinbyumashin that ordered almost all possible heirs to the throne be killed, so that her daughter Supayalat and son-in-law Thibaw would become queen and king. Close royals of all ages and both genders were mercilessly executed, after being tricked that the dying king wanted to bid them farewell. Thibaw, Mindon's son from a lesser queen, succeeded him after his death in 1878. King Thibaw was defeated by the British in the Third Anglo-Burmese War in November 1885 resulting in total annexation of Burma.

I hope you found it interesting. Doesn't the Palace look like made of LEGO blocks?

Photo made from watch tower.

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