Local Art in Mandalay and a River Journey to Mingun

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A day tour of Local art and culture in Mandalay to learn about the traditional dance and music | the art of Tapestry making | lunch at Local Tea Shop | daily ritual of the Rural Community | River Journey to Mingun | Hand-on practice of Myanmar Marionettes (Optional).


Departure Time Pick up place
8:30 am Hotel in Mandalay
Duration Tour End
10 hrs (a Day Tour) 6:30 pm

Who would love this tour?
Family, Friends, Couple, Senior

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Boat, Culture, Private tour
  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Local Art in Mandalay and a River Journey to Mingun.

Local Art in Mandalay and a River Journey to Mingun

  • Sense and explore Myanmar Traditional Dance and Music to support the safeguarding of the local culture.
  • Study the Art of Tapestry making at a workshop.
  • River journey to Mingun’s rich history and its spectacular religious monuments.
  • The daily ritual of the community by the local boat of Irrawaddy.
  • The experience on how to make Myanmar Traditional Marionettes (puppet) and hand-on Practice of how to manipulate the marionette on the local boat to Mingun (Optional)

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Hotel pick up and drop off service
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • All transfer and boat ride to Mingun
  • Arrangement of visiting to the the traditional art workshop
  • Local lunch at the tea shop
  • Water and towel
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Entrance fees in Mingun and camera fees
  • The honorarium for artists on the boat (15000 Kyat-per/artist – mostly 3 or 4 artists)
  • Other sightseeing does not mention above
  1. Morning: Visiting to the Artists

    Mandalay, the center of the culture and arts in Myanmar, the last stronghold of the early Burmese kings, also said the country’s origin of traditional arts and crafts. There have many art forms like Zat troupe, Anyeint, Puppets, Myanmar dances, Traditional music, and many festive performances.
    The best way to get a feel for how hardy traditional artists become the most influential citizen in Myanmar under the impression of the past royal culture. So, this is experiential travel to sign up for popular culture in Mandalay, just to the backstage of the traditional artists.


    A different experience for you here in this program and to help the safeguarding of Myanmar traditional culture, not only engaging an urban cultural trip in Mandalay but also to interact with one of the traditional artists in the local cultural context of classical music and dance. 

    Then to the tapestry workshop to study the art of making it. Shwe chi hto (called in Myanmar) or golden embroidery has been one of the most famous crafts in Mandalay, especially during the monarchy period when gold and silver tapestries embellished all the members of the higher class in society of the royal past time. Now a day, shwe chi hto has been recreated by fashion designers for haute couture. It’s delightful to be there and learn how this intangible cultural heritage element has been withstanding the social and political transformations in Myanmar.

    On the way back to the city, we stop at a local teashop for lunch. There have not only Myanmar sweet tea and coffee but also several snacks like cakes, Samosa, Paratha, Indian dosa, Puri. As the option for lunch, you can choose tea salad, chicken curry, mutton curry, fried chicken with white rice.

    After lunch at the local teashop, continue for the River Journey to Mingun’s rich history and its spectacular religious monuments and the daily ritual of the community by the local boat of Irrawaddy. 


  2. Afternoon: A River journey to Mingun

    Mingun,11 km upriver from Mandalay, on the opposite (western) bank by furry boat, Mingun is the best place for those who like local surroundings away from the hustle and bustle life. Explore many historical monuments, including Pathodawgyi Paya (massive and unfinished temple), Touchable Mingun Bell (biggest ringing bell in the world), the architectural beauty of Myatheintan pagoda (also call Sinphyumashin Paya with a unique shape of it) and some unique pagodas and historical relics.

    In this once ancient sight, you can discover a real, local life from farmers to shoppers on the way and in the village. Enjoy a stunning river sunset on the boat on the way back to Mandalay. The tour will end after dropping at your hotel.

    Optional Activity: The traveler can invite traditional Marionettes Artists to come along with the boat when you go to Mingun. It’s relevance contributing to the safeguarding of the tradition of Myanmar Marionettes (Myanmar String Puppetry and the dying art one), during the boat ride to Mingun, and return to Mandalay (more or less1:30 hours). It’s an extraordinary experience with this art, and educative workshop from the local artist on how does Myanmar Professional and Souvenir Marionette/Puppet makes differently and how to manipulate the professional one. 

    Guaranteed that it’s a cultural interaction with local such opportunities for genuine exchange between the traditional artist and traveler.

    Note: The honorarium for those traditional artists has to put directly into the hand of local artist Family (15000 Kyat-per/artist – mostly 3 or 4 artists) as MUL just provided for a unique experience and learn about ancient traditions.

We suggest you to carry slipper and something to protect from the sun and the dusts. Wearing shoes/slipper and a short dress is not allowed when entering the religious area.

Your Camera is essential for taking photos with Artists for your memory to home back.

Usually, the Combo tickets for Mingun (Entrance fees) is not included in our price in case you already bought a Combo ticket before your tour. If so, we recommend you to take your Combo ticket with you at all times during your visit (or) our guide will assist you to buy this.

We operate this tour in privately as we, MUL considered to the privacy of the traveler and not sharing with other travelers. But solo traveler can still book for this tour on request. To do that click “Question? Contact us” button at the booking page up-left corner.

This tour can not be booked in the same day of departure and need to book in advance.  We recommend you to book this tour at least 48 in advance to have secure arrangements especially in high season (October to March).

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