Mingun is best known for its gigantic, unfinished stupa, the Mingun Pahtodawgyi, which was meant to be the largest in the world (at a projected height of 150 metres), but now lies ravaged by earthquakes on the western banks of the Irrawaddy.
The structure is an impressive sight, and there are panoramic views from the top. Although there are signs telling you not to climb the stairs due to the damage and cracks, locals rarely stop visitors doing so and sometimes encourage it; as with all pagodas, shoes must be removed and children will sometimes offer leaves to step on in order to protect your feet from the intense heat.
Mya Theindan Pagoda is also known as Hsinbyume Pagoda. It was built by King Bagyidaw in 1816, three years before he succeeded to the throne, in memory of his favourite wife the Hsinbyume Princess. It is situated on the northern side of Mingun just next to the Pahtodawgyi Pagoda. It is built as a representation of the Sulamani Pagoda and in accordance to the Buddhist cosmology, the Pagoda stands atop Mount Meru. The seven terraces around the pagoda represent the seven mountain ranges around Mount Meru. This pagoda was badly damaged in 1838 by an earth quake but King Mindon restored it in 1874.