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Mingun bell


Located in Mingun, Sagaing Region, about 11 km north of Mandalay, on the western bank of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar, the Migun bell was considered as the largest ringing bell in the world until 2000. It was built by the longest reigning monarch of the Konbaung dynasty King Bodawpaya (1782-1819) and weighs 55,555 viss (90.718 kilograms or 199.999 pounds). This number is engraved on the surface of the bell.

In more detail, the outer diameter of the rim is 16 feet 3 inches (4.95 m). The height is 12.0 feet (3.66 m) feet on the exterior and 11.5 feet (3.51 m) in the interior. The outside circumference at the rim is 50.75 feet (15.469 m). The bell is 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm) thick and stands 20.7 feet (6.31 m) high from the rim to the top. Nowadays, the bell is still a pride of Myanmar although it is no longer the world’s largest bell. Its title has been replaced by the 116-ton Bell of Good Luck at the Foquan Temple, Pingdingshan, Henan, China.

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