Most people are surprised to learn that Mandalay, the last capital of the Myanmar kingdom, is not an ancient city. Established in 1857 by King Mingdon Min of Burma as the new capital of the kingdom of Ava, the city was at its peak between 1858 and 1885 before the British conquest. Much of the splendor was destroyed by fires and bombing during the Second World War. Hence, the Royal Palace and Atumashi Pagoda are modern reconstructions
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