The Mengoon Bell (88 - 90 tons or 195,000 lb), photo from 19 th century
The Mengoon bell is situated on the right bank of the Irrawaddy, almost opposite to the present Royal city of Mandalay. Its weight is 195,000 lb., calculated according to the quantity of metal need in the casting, and its extreme height and breadth (that is to say, the height and breadth of the bell proper) are respectively 21 ft. and 8 ft.; so that, as regards size and weight, it ranks amongst the most remarkable bells in the world. It is suspended on three massive round logs of teak, placed horizontally and longitudinally, the one over the other, their ends resting on two pillars of vast size, composed alternately of masonry and large upright teak posts. These pillars are becoming dilapidated. The three teak logs, too, from which the bell is suspended, have, nautically speaking, it will be seen, "taken a list," not to port, but amidships, and sensibly acknowledge the stupendous burden under, or rather above, which they labour. This bell was cast about seventy-five years ago, in the time and under the superintendence of King Bo-Do-Piyah, the great-grandfather of the present ruling Sovereign of Burmah. Bo-Do-Piyah's reign is famous in the history of Burmah as having extended over a period of thirty-six years; and his memory is still revered as the Sovereign during whose time the Burmese empire, far and wide, flourished under the genial effects of plentiful and abundant harvests, and by the virtue of whose almost supernatural power its limits extended to distances never before attained.