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Mandalay Palace and Surroundings

We went to visit the newly renovated Mandalay Palace. Nearby was a village with among other things  a marionette show in progress. There was food to eat and stuff to buy; one shop was selling carpeting. Hamburgers at the Burger Queen, Foot massage, and a stop-smoking remedy. The palace was built in 1857-1859 as part of King Mindon's founding of Mandalay as the royal capitol. He and King Thibaw were the last two Burmese kings and they lived here. Photos of him and others were on the walls. There was this large cannon there - the sign said it was named Yan Pon Khwin which means can crush all enemies.

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