Kuthodaw Pagoda is home to the largest book in the world.
Are you a keen reader and have you ever wondered about what is the largest book on earth? It might come as surprise for most people to know the actual largest book has neither the conventional look of a book nor a colossal number of pages. Rather, the largest book includes only 729 pages which come in shape of standing slabs. It is located in Mandalay Province. The text is extracted from Tripitaka – the holy book of Buddhism. Despite the humble number of pages, it would take years for people to finish 729 pages. Each page is kept under a white marble stupa. On the root of the establishment of this book, it is the fear of King Mindon that British colonialism might cause loss to the existing Buddhist literature. Therefore, he commands to build this stone book. Kuthodaw Pagoda which is home to the largest book in the world lies at the foot of Mandalay Hill. This pagoda resembles the Shwedagon Pagoda in Bagan. Beside the largest book, another attraction of the pagoda is the main and the largest stupa which is 57 meters high. It is also gilded with gold and keeps shining along the day. These white marble slabs are orderly located around the complex. It feels like you step into a sanitized world of white stupas with the holy words.
Place to visit
Kuthodaw is close to the Golden Palace, you can visit this pagoda after visiting the Palace. Near to Kuthodaw, there is another worth-visiting destination: Sandamuni. It also offers a great view of the Mandalay Hills. Kuthodaw is a important cultural destination in Myanmar that you should added to your itinerary.