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Mingun Pahtodawgyi Pagoda

Mingun Pahtodawgyi

Located in Mingun, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northwest of Mandalay in Sagaing Region in central Myanmar the Mingun Pahtodawgyi is an incomplete monument stupa. On the campus of the stupa are the remains of a massive construction project carried out by King Bodawpaya in 1790 which was intentionally left unfinished. It was not completed because of the claim of an astrologer, according to the astrologer once the temple was finished, the king would die. Indochina tours Myanmar

Mingun Pahtodawgyi

Mingun Pahtodawgyi

With the height of 150 meters (490 ft), the completed stupa is expected to be the largest stupa in the world. In the earthquake of 23 March 1839, parts of the structure were destroyed.

The massive paya, the Mingun Pahtodawgyi occupies an impressive ground on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. The remains of two giant Chinthe lions about 29 meters high guarding the temple stand in front of the direction facing the river of the temple. The large stairway guarded by two Chinthes makes it easier to get access to the five meter high model. At the center of the enormous pagoda toward the river is a huge beautifully decorated entrance. There is also a small shrine with a Buddha image inside the pagoda. Myanmar travel tours

Incomplete pagoda

Incomplete pagoda

The surrounding temples around this ruin do not have much religious relevance but are more popular as tourist sites. However, there is a small shrine with an image of Buddha which is still used as a house of prayer near the historical landmark.

To reach the top of the temple and enjoy the incredibly beautiful view, you have to pass all together 174 steps. By using a stairway to the right of the structure, it is possible for tourists to climb to the top of the pagoda. At this peak you will have spectacular views of the surrounding area including the nearby Hsinbyume Pagoda, several other pagodas, the Irrawaddy River and several mountains at the back of the pagoda.

Unfinished campus

Unfinished campus

It is now regarded as the world’s largest picket of bricks to be respected as a religious and historical site, but is impressive enough as an enormous pedestal rising from the flat.

Pahtodawgyi Pagoda also offers special courses to let people have a chance to study the special arts and crafts of the Kongbaung period in Burma. Besides, another attraction is the stairways to the east of the pagoda leading to the Ayeyarwady River is an ideal place to sit comfortably while enjoying a beautiful view of the Minwun Hills nearby.

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