Mandalay Hill

   Rising 236 meters above Mandalay to the northeast of Mandalay Palace, the hill is associated with a legend in which Gotama Buddha, standing at the summit, prophesied that a great city would be built on the plain below, 24 centuries after the establishment of Buddhism. A standing Buddha image, pointing toward the city, represents this episode (Mandalay was in fact established by King Mindon as his capital, construction being completed in 1857). A number of Buddhist sites are on the hill, the construction of which was sponsored by a prominent hermit, U Khanti. Fighting between Allied and Japanese forces occurred on Mandalay Hill in 1945.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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