Mandalay was founded in 1857 by King Mindon, replacing Amarapura as the new royal capital of the Konbaung dynasty. It was Burma’s final royal capital before the kingdom’s annexation by the British Empire in 1885. The city suffered extensive destruction during the Japanese conquest of Burma in the Second World War. After Yangon, Mandalay is Myanmar’s second-largest city and is today the economic centre of Upper Myanmar and considered the centre of Burmese culture.
Let our team of professional guides and photographers show you the unforgettable sites and secrets of Myanmar’s last royal capital on our Mandalay photography tours. Photographers from around the globe journey here to photograph the gold leaf workshops, U Bein Bridge, the wonders of Mingun by boat, and the former Royal Palace in Mandalay City. Join us for a one-of-a-kind photography adventure in Mandalay!
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Built in 1857 on the order of King Mindon on the occasion of the Fifth Great Synod in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. The 729 stupas surrounding a central golden shrine contain sacred Buddhist scriptures, sometimes referred to as “the world’s largest book”.
U Bein Bridge
The magnificent U Bein Bridge near Amarapura spans over a kilometer and is the oldest and once the longest teakwood bridge in the world. Wood for the bridge was reclaimed from the former royal palace in Inwa when the capital was moved to Amarapura. The bridge continues to be an important passageway for local people today. The best time to visit is from July-August when water levels are at their peak, and from September to December when colorful skies light up at sunrise and sunset. U Bein Bridge is a guest favourite on our Mandalay sightseeing and photography tours.
Built by Bagyidaw in 1816, it is commemorates his favorite consort, Hsinbyume (Lady of the White Elephant), who died in childbirth. The crisp white waves leading up to a platform are modelled after descriptions of mythical Sulamani Pagoda on Mount Meru, part of Buddhist cosmology inherited from the Hindu tradition. The seven concentric terraces represent the mountain ranges leading to Mount Meru itself. In this way pilgrims can ascend from earth into the heavens. Truly a remarkable sight not to be missed when visiting Mandalay!
Why Choose Us?
Our Mandalay photo tours are created for photographers of all levels and our experienced trip leaders guiding personalized private photography tours in Myanmar since 2015. We live here, and we know the optimal times of the day to see the temples in the best light with the fewest crowds—and we’re sharing our secrets with you on our Mandalay photo tours. We will apply our local knowledge of sites and contacts in the community to position ourselves to practice and capture village life, landscapes, portraits, ancient temples, sunrise and sunsets in Myanmar as you’ve only imagined.
Capture Unseen Myanmar
Explore the most photogenic temples in Mandalay, Mingun, and Amarapura, visiting famous sites and insider spots known only to locals. Improve your portrait photography on a village walk. Or, be captivated by the surreal light of sunset on the Irrawaddy.
No Experience Necessary
You don’t have to be an experienced photographer to join our tours, our adventures are created for photographers of all levels and our experienced trip leaders are pro photographers who are ready to help take your photo game to the next level.
We ensure that all of our guests enjoy personalized guidance on our Mandalay photo tours, be that learning how to shoot in manual for the first time, experimenting with new photographic styles and techniques, or further refining your photographic vision. All of our Myanmar photography tours are tailored to your needs and ability level.