Day 7: On the Road in Mingun

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In the small village of Mingun, just an hour boat ride north of Mandalay, you can catch an ox cart taxi to take you around town.  Even though the town is small, it is famous for the unfinished Pahtodawgyi Pagoda.  The King at the time wanted to build the largest temple in the world that would rival the Great Pyramids of Giza.  His ambitious project drained local resources and was an unpopular undertaking. When he passed away, the pagoda was left unfinished and currently stands as an impressively gigantic dilapidated pile of bricks.