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Shwezigon Pagoda

Shwezigon Pagoda or Shwezigon Paya is a Buddhist temple composed of a circular gold-plated stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines built in Nyaung-U, Mandalay, Myanmar, beginning in 1059-1060 during the reign of King Anawrahta (1044-1077) of the Pagan Dynasty and completed in 1102 during the reign of his son King Kyansittha.

Shwezigon Pagoda is not far from the old city of Bagan as the capital of the Pagan Kingdom where for centuries it has been damaged by many earthquakes and has been renewed several times. The latest renovation is the addition of more than 30,000 copper plates as a coating, but the lowest level terrace remains as it once was.

Xvlor Shwezigon Pagoda is Theravada Buddhism temple built by King Anawrahta Shwezigon Pagoda is Theravada Buddhism temple built by King Anawrahta

The conical pagoda is composed by five square terraces with a central core at the center of four standing Buddha statues. The Jataka Legend is depicted on terracotta tiles in three rectangular terraces, large statues built at the gate and four of the Buddhist bronze.

Outside the pagoda was built 37 natals which together with the carved wooden statue of Thagyamin is Indra's god in Hinduism version of Burma. The Shwezigon Pagoda complex has a stone pillar containing a Mon language inscription dedicated by Kyansittha.

King Anawrahta turns Hinduism into Theravada Buddhism is the first to do a great builder in Bagan. Shwezigon Pagoda is built on the sand dunes and hence the name Shewzigon Paya means "pagoda in the sand dunes". The pagoda was completed by King Kyansittha King and the lower terrace was built by Anawrahta.

This pagoda is a replica of the temple of the Mahabodhi Pyramid at Bodh Gaya in India. The end date of completion is 1086. King Bayinnaung (1551-1581) performed an important renovation on the pagoda damaged by earthquakes and other natural disasters. The 1975 earthquake damaged the spire and dome that requires major renovation.

In 1983-1984 added more than 30,000 copper plates to strengthen the structure of donations by local and international worshipers, but the under pagoda stage terrace is largely still in its original form. Shwezigon Pagoda is one of the most active temples and visited by Buddhists to this day. Shwezigon Pagoda is Theravada Buddhism temple built by King Anawrahta

Xvlor Shwezigon Pagoda is Theravada Buddhism temple built by King Anawrahta

Location: Nyaung-U Township, Nyaung-U District, Mandalay Region, Myanamar.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Nyaung U Airport.

Advice: Shwezigon Pagoda is located in Nyaung-U Township or just 4 kilometers from Bagan is as an old city known as "the land of a thousand pagodas". Nyaung-U is the administrative city for Nyaung-U District on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River in Mandalay Region, central Myanmar.

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