Mingun Bell

Mingun Bell

Located in Mingun, Sagaing Region, Myanmar, approximately 11 km (6.8 mi) north of Mandalay on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River the Mingun Bell is the largest ringing bell in the world. It was also believed to be the heaviest functioning bell in the world at several history times. Myanmar travel packages

Mingun Bell

Mingun Bell

Located on the west bank of Ayeyarwaddy River, Mingun Town, Sagaing Region, the bell is estimated 55,555 viss (90 tons) heavy and about 13 feet tall. This figure is easily remembered by many people in Myanmar as “Min Hpyu Hman Hman Pyaw”, with the coincidence indicating the number 5 in Burmese astronomy and numerology.

With a height of 3.7 meters, the Mingun Bell which is another relic of Bodaypaya’s megamania is thought to be the largest working bell in the world in spite of the existence of one actually bigger bell in Moscow – the Kremlin bell. In fact, this bell was cracked and therefore not in use. Weighing 90 metric tons, the Mingun Bell was shaped in bronze in 1808, and once it was completed Bodaypaya had the master craftsman accomplished with the aim of stopping him making anything similar. Essence of Myanmar tour

The largest bell

The largest bell

King Bodawpaya mostly used bronze to build the bell in 1808 but he also had Buddhist devotees insert gold, silver and jewelry over the time. With the size of about 3,7 meters height, over 5 meters in diameter, 15,23 meters in circle, the weight is 90 tons this is the largest bell in the world. The thickness of the Bell is glide between 6 inches and 12 inches. Mingun Bell was recorded in Guinness Book as the largest heaviest functioning in 1982, on the page 238.

The Bell measures eleven cubits and four fingers in diameter at its mouth; 33 cubits 6 inches and four thits in circumference and 13 cubits 6 inches and four thits in height.

Historic site

Historic site

It is 13 feet high and over 16 feet across at the mouth and was the world’s biggest ringing bell for many decades, although now highlighted by the giant bell of Pingdingshan, China. You can duck beneath and stand within the bell while some helpful bystander gives it a good thump.

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