The World’s Largest Book
The Tripitaka (Three baskets) is the name given to the Theravada Buddhist scriptures. They comprise sermons said to have been delivered by the Buddha, translated from an Indian language into Sanskrit; philosophical discourse and interpretation of Buddhist doctrine, and the codes of monastic life. Wanting to capture this for posterity, Mindon Min, the penultimate King of Burma, had them carved into a series 730 marble tablets, which together comprise the largest book in the world. They are on display at the Kuthodaw Pagoda, also known as the World’s Largest Book, a 57m high stupa which sits at the foot of Mandalay Hill, just outside Mandalay.