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Mingun Bell
Myanmar (Burma), Mingun, March 2012

The Mingun Bell is the heaviest functioning bell in the world. The weight of the bell is 55,555 viss (90,718 kilograms or 199,999 pounds). This number is conveniently remembered by many people in Myanmar as a mnemonic "Min Hpyu Hman Hman Pyaw", with the consonants representing the number 5 in Burmese astronomy and numerology. The weight of the bell and its mnemonic words are written on the surface of the bell in white.
The bell is uncracked and in good ringing condition. The bell does not have a clanger but is rung by striking the outer edge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mingun_Bell
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Jun 01 2012 06:58 GMT 25barb
Wonderful notes, wonderful photo with great textures and lighting
I like how you included a person in the photo.. Most interesting bells
Jun 01 2012 07:27 GMT senna3
Thanks for the nice comment Barb.
I usually try to avoid persons in a photo unless the persons are the main subject of the picture or they have a relevant function. Here, it is included to get an impression of the size of the bell.
Jun 01 2012 08:01 GMT hallo
You mean 90 tons and something OMG ...seeing this alone is worth the journey Peter!
Jun 01 2012 13:49 GMT wijnie58
WOW This is a big bell, Peter...:-))
Fantastic image...
Jun 01 2012 13:55 GMT martini957
Very interesting
Jun 01 2012 14:04 GMT Lalbabu
Great information & what a majestic view!!!!
Jun 01 2012 14:17 GMT clintonfolks
WOW.!!!
Jun 01 2012 14:53 GMT bandsix
A wonderful bell with some very interesting facts, too......
Jun 01 2012 15:34 GMT Annamaria
Thats a huuuuge bell, Peter! Great composition with the man next to it...
Jun 01 2012 15:56 GMT whiteMusk
great shot...
Jun 02 2012 00:58 GMT Studio88
WOW - What a Giant Bell ;-)
Jun 02 2012 02:11 GMT fhelsing PRO
That's an amazing bell!
Jun 02 2012 08:34 GMT senna3
Thanks to everyone for the nice comments!
Jun 02 2012 13:50 GMT ellymerz
Very nice picture. The one I made, nearly from the same place, is not so good.
Jun 03 2012 07:42 GMT senna3
Thank you Martin. I remember that it was not easy to take pictures because of the many people and the pilars very close to the bell.

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