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“A huge bell and that’s all”
Review of Mingun Bell

Mingun Bell
Ranked #4 of 6 things to do in Mingun
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Owner description: It was the heaviest functioning non-cracked bell in the world at several times in history. It was casted in 1808 and finished in 1810. It s height is 12 feet.
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

This bell was planned to be placed in the unfinished stupa. We thought it was the biggest in the world but according to the inscription it’s the second largest. Nothing much to see and do.

Thank Lars S
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

This is the largest “functioning” bell in the world. Neat to see and ring it. We got inside it and it’s neat to hear people ring it while you’re in it.

Thank Keith H
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Reviewed 12 February 2018

As it is only one minutes walk from the other historic sites it is a must see and find. I gave it three good thumps with the wooden club made for that purpose and the noise was superb. Give it a try

Thank Ross B
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

As far as I can determine, this bell is the world's largest ringing bell. The giant bell in the Kremlin in Moscow is heavier, but it is cracked. There is said to be giant bell in China, but I have never seen it. You can "make merit" by ringing the bell. You strike the rim of the bell with a lump of wood three times. The bell appears to sound better if someone is inside when the bell is struck. The sound of the bell is deep and sonorous -- very impressive.

Thank Jeffry B
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Reviewed 2 February 2018

The 90 ton Mingun Bell was the largest ringing bell in the world until 2000, when it was overtaken by the 116 ton Bell of Good Luck at the Foquan Temple, Pingdingshan, Henan in China. King Bodawpaya commenced manufacture of the bell in 1808 and it was completed in 1810. It was to go with his huge stupa, Mingun Pahtodawgyi which suffered major earthquake damage and was never completed. The bell is uncracked and in good ringing condition. The bell does not have a conventional clanger but is rung by striking the outer edge. The bell is an interesting curiosity but the market stall holders in this area are amongst the most aggressive I encountered in my tour of Myanmar. They attach themselves to you like leeches as you disembark your boat on arrival and persistantly attempt to flog you hand fans and other souvenirs until you depart. Don't make eye contact if you want to avoid their attention!

Thank Skyfox49
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