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Shwezigon Paya

Attraction Nyaung-U, Republic of the Union of Myanmar ‎ Published on: 13-11-2015

Rating

Time to visit

2 hours 30 mins

Opening hours

05:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Should visit at

08:00 AM

Should leave before

10:30 AM

Good for travellers

First-time visit

Category

Attraction
Family
Must see
Kids
Architecture
Temple & Monument

Price range

5.00 USD

Shwezigon Paya 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.
Shwezigon Pagoda is a Buddhist temple located in Nyaung-U. It is a prototype of Burmese stupas, and consists of a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines.

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Why Shwezigon Paya is special ?

Shwezigon Pagoda or Shwezigon Paya is a Buddhist temple located in Nyaung-U, a town near Bagan, in Burma (Myanmar). It is a prototype of Burmese stupas, and 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 and was completed in 1102 AD, during the reign of King Kyansittha of the Pagan Dynasty. The pagoda is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha. Within the compound of the Shwezigon Pagoda is a stone pillar containing Mon language inscriptions dedicated by King Kyansittha.


The golden Shwezigon Paya in Bagan is one of the most significant religious buildings in Myanmar, for it served as a prototype for later stupas built throughout the country and marked an important development in the relationship between traditional Burmese religion and Theravada Buddhism.


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

What to explore at Shwezigon Paya?

Shwezigon Paya is enclosed by an outer wall, about 750 feet on each side, which is pierced by four gates. There are many other shrines, stupas and structures within the wall, some of which have been recently added.

Among the most notable of these outer monuments are two inscribed pillars placed by King Kyanzittha, which recount the pagoda’s history in the Mon language — but interestingly do not mention the pagoda's founder, King Anawrahta. The pillars are on the eastern side of the complex.

The Shwezigon Pagoda itself is oriented to the east and is built of solid sandstone blocks. Its graceful golden "bell" reaches a height of 160 feet, supported on a square base 160 feet on a side, an octagonal intermediate base, and three square terraces.

The golden bell is decorated with various designs, encircled by several thick moldings, and is topped with the traditional jeweled hti (umbrella spire) to symbolize sovereignty. It is lit up impressively at night.

Southeast of the platform is the hall of the 37 Nats, with figures of the 37 traditional spirits revered by the Burmese since before Buddhism. The figures are not the originals, but the large stone figure of Thagyamin is. Thagyamin is the king of the nat and an appropriation of the Hindu god Indra.

Source: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/

How to get to Shwezigon Paya?

Shwezigon Paya is 4.9km (15 minutes driving) from Nyaung U Airport, Bagan. Private taxi with air conditioned is available at the airport. You can also hire an e-motorbike at many shops in Bagan to reach the place.

Selling points

  • The only golden pagoda in Bagan
  • Magnifent Pagoda of Bagan
  • Lovely place for a sunset
  • Beautiful piece of history
  • Like a small version of the Shwedagon
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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

  • You have to be careful when leaving shoes outside the pagodas which you are obliged to do. Unless you are wearing flip flops or similar, you should leave shoes in the car.
    Personal belongings
  • You have to ignore everyone approach to you saying that you can buy the tickets with them until you reach the official place to buy tickets with officers.
    Things to do
  • You can share your memorable photos with the free wifi provided inside this Pagoda.
    Service
  • You should bring with you socks because in hot days the floor get really hot and in cold days, it gets really cold.
    What to bring
  • If you are female you will be requested to cover your shoulders and knees.
    Rule
  • Because of the pagoda's great religious significance for Burmese Buddhism, the Shwezigon Festival in November/December attracts pilgrims from throughout Myanmar.
    Timming
  • You should beware of women taking you to lucky Buddha, after putting flowers in your hair, etc they suddenly surround you demanding money.
    Scams

Reviews

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Beautiful pagoda!Lots of activity in the morning.We came into town to see the monks and nuns gather alms at 7am, which was in itself was spectacular. Then we followed the line of nuns through the town to the pagoda. We were able to wander around without any other tourists and it was peaceful and relaxing. Later that evening we viewed this pagoda from the water as we took a boat ride up the river - what a spectacle when seen in the distance with the sun setting and glinting off the golden stupa.

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By the time I got to Shwezigon, I was exhausted. I started very early and covered all the major temples and made my way back to the town where Shwezigon is located.It is very different as the whole stupa is in golden color unlike the others. You can either start off your Bagan tour with Shwezigon first or make it the last, like I did.Worth a visit!

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A must see when visiting the temples of Bagan. There are a few English and French speaking hawkers around here in the evening that took us on a guided tour of the temple. They are well-informed and not at all pushy about selling their wares.

TripAdvisor View more

Beautiful pagoda!Lots of activity in the morning.We came into town to see the monks and nuns gather alms at 7am, which was in itself was spectacular. Then we followed the line of nuns through the town to the pagoda. We were able to wander around without any other tourists and it was peaceful and relaxing. Later that evening we viewed this pagoda from the water as we took a boat ride up the river - what a spectacle when seen in the distance with the sun setting and glinting off the golden stupa.

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One of the most important temples in Bagan and the prototype for all Burmese stupas. It was here at Shwezigon where Nat (spirit) worship was first allowed to combine with Buddhism.

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