The Yankin Hill is situated to the east of Mandalay. A trip to the Yankee Hill is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while, and discover the Burmese countryside.
Situated to the east of Mandalay, the Yankin Hill literally means “out of danger”. In addition to being a high security point (it is 269m above sea level), this hill is a symbol of harmony and tranquility for the inhabitants in Mandalay.
As the icon of the city, the Yankin Hill is the place you must visit during your stay in Mandalay. You will discover a place filled with spirituality, where many hidden details are waiting for you to decipher them.
1. Getting to the Yankin Hill
It is simply impossible to miss the Yankin Hill if you stay in Mandalay as a part of your trip to Burma.
By car or motorbike you can almost reach the southeast summit of the hill. It costs 3,7USD by taxi and approximately 2,2USD to travel from the center of Mandalay.
The most courageous way will be able to climb the Yankin Hill on foot. It will take you only ten minutes to reach the summit. The path is also very easy to move, since they are stairs.
2. What to visit in Yankin Hill?
There are many monuments and monasteries on the Yankin Hill. During your trip to Mandalay in Burma, taking a trip to the Yankin Hill is a great opportunity for you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. On the way to the hill, you will cross green rice fields and small villages which give the landscape a very bucolic atmosphere.
One of the most unique features of the Yankin Hill is the presence of numerous representations of fish engraved in the rock, placed there by Min Shin Saw, the son of King Alaung Sithu who lived in the Bagan Era. It is said that the sculptures were kept at the Royal Palace before being placed there to gain the confidence of the local inhabitants.
These statues are so cherished, especially during periods of drought. The inhabitants of Mandalay carry them into the city before bringing back to the hill. It was supposed to bring rain.
You can also visit the Atula Maha Mya Kyauk Pagoda at the top of the Yankin Hill. Moreover, as you walk up the hill, you can have a great view of Mandalay city.
During your trip to Burma and your stay in Mandalay, a trip to the Yankee Hill is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a while, and discover the Burmese countryside.