After visiting Shwe Nan Dae Kyuang, the teak monastery and Atumashi Kyuang, the Incomparable Temple, we walked a short way to Kuthodaw Pagoda.
Kuthodaw Pagoda has an odd distinction, it holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest book. This temple has 729 marble slabs, each in there only tiny structure, and containing the words of a sacred Buddhist text! Along with the temple attached to Kuthodaw (Sandar Mu Ni Pagoda), there are 1700 giant stone slabs. I believe that the record is held by both sections of the temple, although I could be wrong.
The temple seems to have many names, and is also referred to as Mahalawka Marazein. Like many other structures in Mandalay, the building was commissioned by King Mindon Min and was completed in 1868.
The definition of a book is pretty loose here… There are thousands of tiny white stone pagodas all over, each with a slab of book inside. At the center of the temple there is a giant golden stupa, which stands in great contrast the rest of the complex.
We then walked to Sandar Mu Ni Pagoda, which is much like Kuthodaw pagoda (and sort of attached to it).