Around Mandalay are the remains of the ancient cities Amarapura, Sagaing, Innwa the first three of which were all capitals of a Burmese Kingdom. During Burma’s long history, capitals were moved many times for various reasons. King Mindon for example moved the capital city from Amarapura to newly built Mandalay to fulfil an ancient Buddhist prophecy.
Moving the capital often involved the dismantling of wooden Palaces and the most important wooden monasteries, transporting to the new capital and rebuilding them there.
The four ancient cities close to Mandalay have a great number of interesting sites and monuments among them. If you have bought a ticket for the Mandalay Archeological zone visiting one of the sites in Mandalay, carry this ticket around since it is valid at a number of sites around Sagaing, Amarapura and Innwa.