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Shwe Sandaw Pagoda

Attraction Shwesandaw Nyaung-U Myanmar (Burma) Published on: 13-11-2015

Rating

Time to visit

1 hours 30 mins

Opening hours

04:30 AM - 05:00 PM

Should visit at

08:00 AM

Should leave before

09:30 AM

Good for travellers

First-time visit

Category

Attraction
Family
Must see
Kids
Architecture
Temple & Monument

Price range

5.00 USD

Shwe Sandaw Pagoda is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Shwesandaw Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda located in Bagan, Burma. The pagoda contains a series of five terraces, topped with a cylindrical stupa, which has a jewelled umbrella.

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Why Shwe Sandaw Pagoda is special ?

Shwesandaw Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda located in Bagan, Burma. The pagoda contains a series of five terraces, topped with a cylindrical stupa, which has a jewelled umbrella.


King Anawrahta built Shwesandaw Pagoda after his conquest of Thaton in 1057. This graceful circular pagoda was constructed at the centre of his newly empowered kingdom. The pagoda was also known as Ganesh or Mahapeine after the elephant-headed Hindu god whose images once stood at the corners of the five successive terraces. Originally, the terraces were adorned with fine terracotta plaques depicting scenes from the Jatakas. It has recently been renovated by the public and traces of architectural motifs and sculptures have been obliterated.


Source: http://www.baganmyanmar.com/

What to explore at Shwe Sandaw Pagoda?

The five terraces once bore terracotta plaques showing scenes from the jalakas, but traces of these, and of other sculptures, were covered by lather heavy-handed renovations.

The pagoda's bell rises from two octagonal bases which top the five square terraces. This was the first monument in Bagan to feature stairways leading from the square bottom terraces to the round base of the pagoda itself. This pagoda supposedly enshrines a Buddha hair relic brought back from Thaton.

The hti, which was toppled by the earthquake, can still be seen lying on the far side of the pagoda compound. A new one was fitted soon after tie quake.

Before when people were allowed to climb up the terrace of the pagoda, it was a great spot to view the sunset of Bagan. But nowadays, to keep the ancient monuments in good shape, the stairways have been closed down.

Source: http://bagan.travelmyanmar.net/

How to get to Shwe Sandaw Pagoda?

The Shwesandaw Pagoda is just 20 minutes driving from the Nyaung U Airport of Bagan. Local taxi and minibus is available from the airport the pagoda.

Selling points

  • Truly amazing temple
  • A Favorite Place for Sunset
  • Remarkable wood carvings
  • Where memories are made
  • Excellent site to experience Bagan skyline
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Duration
7.0 days
Estimated
267.34 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
21 places

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Tips for you

  • On another end of the site are the toilets. But there are locals guarding it so be prepared to pay around 200 Kyat to use it.
    Toilet
  • You should go there with your bike/car/cart, enjoy the view from outside the pagodas entrance and then head out to the nearby South Guni Pagoda (you can ask the locals for directions).
    Transportation
  • Early mornings in Myanmar are surprisingly chilly so don't forget a shawl or wrap around.
    What to bring
  • You have to wear a long skirt and cover your shoulders if you are a woman, or you can buy scarves at the pagoda if needed.
    What to wear
  • The pagoda is considered as a sacred place so no shoes are allowed.
    Rule
  • You should get there early if you want to watch the sunset or sunrise as it fills up quickly.
    Timming
  • Each step can be as high as your knee and has a limited flat surface to step on so climbing is hard for for young children and older travellers.
    Safety
  • Unlike in other temples, the vendors at Shwesandaw are very aggressive and annoying, so you should beware of them.
    What to know

Reviews

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Good location for see sunset in Bagan.If you arrive there before 5pm. you have to go up to top of pagoda good place for you to take photo.For my opinion The best place to see sunset is 3rd floor it not the top of pagoda. coz on the top you cant walk around many people there.

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I went up early in the morning and had the whole place to myself. Absolutely no one! Lovely.It has a great all-round view of the plains and definitely an excellent place to capture Bagan in all it's splendor. It is also crowded during the evening; I decided to go elsewhere instead.But definitely a must-visit!

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Besides seeing Sunset, it is the best place to see Bagan in 360 scenery. It is also called as Sunset Pagoda

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Good location for see sunset in Bagan.If you arrive there before 5pm. you have to go up to top of pagoda good place for you to take photo.For my opinion The best place to see sunset is 3rd floor it not the top of pagoda. coz on the top you cant walk around many people there.

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