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Myanmar (Burma), Travel

Shwezigon Pagoda – Bagan, Myanmar

Shwezigon Pagoda or ရွှေစည်းခုံဘုရား as its known in the Myanmar language was the last of the 3 larger temples and pagoda’s we visited in Bagan.

Built in 1076 by King Anawrahta, a recent convert to Theravada Buddhism, Shwezigon was built to enshrine a number of Buddha relics including a replica of the Buddha tooth from Kandy, Sri Lanka.  Shwezigon’s bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later pagodas all over Myanmar, and for this reason felt very similar to other sites we visited such as Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

Before Buddhism was introduced to Bagan, the Myanmar people worshipped, Nat spirits.  Originally King Anawrahta allowed the 37 most important Nats have their images on the lower terraces of the Shwezigon Pagoda. Replicas of these are the small hall next to the platform, as the originals have been stolen and are rumoured to be in Italy in the hands of a collector (shame on them!).  Nat worshipping is still very much alive in current day Burma and Mount Popa is known as the home of the Nats.

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To see more about our visit to Myanmar, click here.

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9 thoughts on “Shwezigon Pagoda – Bagan, Myanmar

  1. amazing!

    Posted by cindy knoke | July 13, 2015, 2:41 pm
  2. Gorgeous! I want to go there too 🙂

    Posted by asthaguptaa | July 13, 2015, 5:17 pm
  3. I really can’t keep saying how amazing is the fact that all this was built way, way before the western world was out of the Dark Ages.

    Posted by suchled | July 13, 2015, 8:01 pm
  4. Stunning photos. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be there in person.

    Posted by noofmitchell | July 13, 2015, 10:54 pm
  5. Beautiful!

    Posted by fifi + hop | July 15, 2015, 12:55 pm

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