You’ll realise unfinished projects aren’t just the domain of the modern world when youcruise up the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River to Mingun pagoda, site of what would have been the world’s largest Buddhist Stupa.In 1790, King Bodawpaya’s astrologer claimed that once the structure was finished the king would die, so the king ordered all construction to stop. It is now the world’s largest pile of bricks to be venerated as a religious and historical site, but is impressive enough as an enormous plinth rising from the plain. The king had a penchant for other big things too, notably the Mingun Bell, which he had cast in 1808. It is one of the largest ringing bells in the world, and on hitting it with your fist you’ll feel its heavy sonorous peel reverberate through your body. Just make sure no one else is standing inside it first, and hope for the same when you take a look.