Bagan | Myanmar | Nyaung-U

Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung-U

Southeast Asia Tour 2015

Bagan | Myanmar

30 Nov 2015 | Mon

Day 12 of 46

  • Flight | Yangon International Airport to Bagan Nyaung-U Airport
  • Nyaung-U Town | Mani Sithu Market
  • Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung-U
  • Gubyaukgyi Temple Myinkaba
  • Bagan’s Vast Temple Plains
  • Htilominlo Temple Nyaung-U
  • Ananda Temple Bagan
  • Queen Restaurant Nyaung-U
  • The Hotel at Tharabar Gate Bagan
  • Manuha Temple Myinkaba
  • Nanpaya Temple Myinkaba
  • Lacquerware Factory Bagan
  • Thatbyinnyu Temple Bagan
  • Our First Sunset in Bagan

Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung-U

The Shwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung-U, Myanmar is a magnificent temple complex that dates back to the 11th century. It’s one of the most iconic monuments in the area and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Built over two centuries, this beautiful structure consists of multiple terraces with covered corridors and a golden stupa at its highest point.

Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung-U

The Shwezigon Pagoda was originally built during Anawrahta’s reign during the Bagan Dynasty period. This particular pagoda is believed to contain relics from Buddha himself and has been an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists since it was constructed. Inside, you can find several ancient artifacts such as ancient stone inscriptions, carved figures and sculptures depicting Buddhist scenes.

The Shwezigon Pagoda or Shwezigon Paya (ရွှေစည်းခုံဘုရား [ɕwèzíɡòʊɰ̃ pʰəjá]) is a Buddhist stupa located in Nyaung-U, Myanmar. A prototype of Burmese stupas, it consists of a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines. Construction of the Shwezigon Pagoda began during the reign of King Anawrahta (r. 1044–1077), the founder of the Pagan Empire, in 1059–1060 and was completed in 1102, during the reign of his son King Kyansittha. Over the centuries the pagoda had been damaged by many earthquakes and other natural calamities, and has been refurbished several times. In recent renovations it has been covered by more than 30,000 copper plates. However, the lowest level terraces have remained as they were.

This pagoda, a sacred Buddhist religious place, is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha. The pagoda is in the form of a cone formed by five square terraces with a central solid core. There are footprints below the four standing Buddha statues here. Jataka legends are depicted on glazed terra-cotta tiles set into three rectangular terraces. At the entrance of the pagoda there are large statues of guardians of the temple. There are also four bronze standing statues of Buddha which are stated to be of the current age Buddha. At the outer limits of the pagoda there are 37 nats deified along with an intricately carved wooden sculpture of Thagyamin, Burmese version of Indian god Indra. Within the compound of the Shwezigon Pagoda there is a stone pillar containing Mon language inscriptions dedicated by Kyansittha.

– Wikipedia Shwezigon Pagoda Nyaung-U

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