Shwezingon Pagoda - Asia Travel & Leisure

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Shwezingon Pagoda

Shwezigon pagoda is one of the outstanding pagodas in Bagan, thanks to its architecture. It is a prototype of Burmese stupas, gilt from the base to top. It consists of a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines. The stupa from the base to the upper section of bell-shaped dorm is built with stone bricks from Tuyin Taung quarries. The uppermost part of the dorm is adorned with a pattern of upturned and downturned lotus penal.

There are four image houses on each side of pagoda which contain the statue of Konagamana Buddha in the East, statue of Gotama Buddha in the West, statue of Kakusanda Buddha in the North and the statue of Kassapa Buddha in the South. These statues were cast in alloy and heavily gilt. There is is an inscribed stone slab in Mon language on either side of the eastern causeway, recording the biography of King Kyanzittha as well as political, economic and cultural conditions of the time.

The name Shwezigon is derived from “Zeyabon”. It is mentioned in a poem “Nine Wonder of Shwezigon” composed by Inwa Mingyi as well as in line 16 of the inscription on the bell which King Bayint Naung dedicated to Shwezigon Pagoda.

King Anwarahta – the founder of Pagan Dynasty is a person who started the contruction of Shwezigon Pagoda. It was completed in 1102 AD, during the reign of King Kyansittha. The pagoda is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha


Location: in Nyaung U, town near Bagan

Open daily, all year around

Entrance fees: included in Bagan Zone fee at US$ 15 per person


Beside nice design, there are nine remarkable things of this golden pagoda you may experience by yourselves when visiting:

1.         Although the Hti (umbrella) on the top is massive, it has no iron buttresses.

2.         The shadows of the enclosure walls never fall outside its boundary walls regardless of the time of day.

3.         Papers holding gold leaves are dropped from upper lotus on the spire after gilding, but they never land outside the precinct.

4.         The pagoda itself never becomes crowded depite of any number of visitors and pilgrims.

5.         There is always an early morning offering of steamed rice to the Pagoda During the festival celebrated on the full-moon day of Tansaungmon

6.         The sound of the beating of a big drum on one side of the Pagoda cannot be heard on the other side.

7.         From a distance the pagoda appears to be standing on a hill.

8.        Regardless of heavy rainfall, no water remains in its compound,

9.         The Khayey trees and Chayar trees in the precinct bloom all the year round.

Please arrange your time to come early in morning before floor becomes too hot or late afternoon when sun is not strong.