Pagodas

   

In our Country, Pagodas are present everywhere; in cities and towns, villages and hamlets, on the banks and sometimes right in rivers and seas. A oriental pagoda always represents the deep dedication to Buddhism. In all parts of the country where the Burmese people live there are pagodas and Buddhist Monasteries. The graceful tapering shape of a pagoda painted white or gilded to a shining gold, is a basic part of any Burmese landscape. Burma is often called the “Land of Pagodas”.         

Followings are some lists of famous pagodas in Myanmar.         

 

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda is the most popular and well-known pagoda in Yangon. The pagoda is one of the main tourist destinations in Myanmar. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a great cone-shaped Buddhist monument that crowns a hill about one mile north of the Cantonment. The pagoda itself is a solid brick stupa (Buddhist reliquary) that is completely covered with gold. It rises 326 feet (99 m) on a hill 168 feet (51 m) above the city.          

     

Shwedagon Pagoda

  

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

The Maha Myat Muni Pagoda is the most revered Buddha image in Mandalay. It is also known as the Phaya Gyi. It is the most ancient Buddha image in Myanmar. It was cast in the life-span of Lord Buddha in the seated posture of relaxed deportment, namely Bumi Phasa Mudras, symbolic of His Conquest of Mara. The 4m high-seated image is cast in bronze and weigh 6.5 tons, which it’s crown is decorated with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. Maha Myat Muni Buddha Image was being cast in front of the Buddha himself it can say Maha Myat Muni Buddha Image is the portrait of Buddha and the face is most revered. Every morning at 4:30AM, a team of monks washes the face and brushes the teeth. Since Myanmar Buddhists are so devout countless thousands of devotees apply gold leaf to gain merit, the image has completely covered with 15 cm thick gold and original shape is distorted.         

          

Maha Myat Muni Pagoda

Kyaikhtiyo Pagodas

Kyaikhtiyo pagoda (Golden Rock Pagoda)  is one of the famous pagoda in Myanmar and lacated at Mon State. It is also the most famous  place of Buddhist pilgrimage in Asia. Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda is a 7.3 meters pagoda on top of a big “Golden Rock”. The massive golden boulder is right on top of the Kyaikhto mountain. Pagoda is built on a gilded boulder 25 metres in circumference balanced in what appears to be a very precarious position on a tabular rock jutting out from the Paung-laung ridge of the Eastern Yoma mountains.         

According to legend, the Golden Rock itself is precariously perched on a strand of Buddha’s hair. The rock seems to defy gravity, as it perpetually appears to be on the verge of rolling down the hill. The rock and the pagoda are at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo. It is the third most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Burma after the Shwedagon Pagoda and Maha MyatMuni Pagoda.         

          

Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda

Magway-Mya Tha Lun Pagoda

Magway Mya Tha Lun pagoda is located north-west of Magway on the Ayeyarwaddy river. Magway division is situated in the Central part of Myanmar and the largest of Myanmar’s seven divisions, with an area of 17,305 sq miles. The original height was 52ft, but it was extended to 82ft by King Saw Lu (1077-1084) of Bagan encapsulated the original pagoda and raised it to a height of 87 feet (26.5 m). In 1847, it was destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt by the mayor of the town Min Din Min Hla Kyaw Gaung. The pagoda was rebuilt to the present height of approximately 104 feet (31.7m).         

          

Magway - Mya Tha Lun Pagoda

Bagan Pagodas

Bagan is an ancient city, capital of the first Myanmar Empire, located in the Mandalay divisions of Myanmar ( Burma ). Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in South-east Asia, situated on the eastern bank of the Ayeyawaddy River. The 42 sq km area of Bagan contains over 2000 edifices, the well-preserved pagodas and temples representing the rich cultural heritage of the 11th – 13th century. The followings pagodas are the most famous in Bagan.    

Shwezigon Pagoda

Dhammayangyi Pagoda

Gawdawpalin Pagoda

Myazedi Pagoda

Bu Pagoda

Dhammayazika Pagoda

  

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