Legends claim that it magically appeared overnight, built by the local king’s faithful minister Pon Nya in a superhuman flurry of activity inspired by a magical Buddha relic that he’d found in a betel-nut box. The myth fancifully claims that Pon Nya himself was of supernatural parentage, his father having ‘flown’ to Sagaing from the Himalayas millennia before, arriving to a curious communion with the Buddha, seven hermits and a flower-bearing orang-utan.
Location: Sagaing, Mandalay, Myanmar
Notice the bronze rabbit that serves as a collection box in the rather gaudy Buddha hall.
Having fantastic views over the Buddhist University, other temples and pagoda below.
Pagoda Festival is held on the fullmoon day of Waso (July).