Shwezigon Pagoda

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info Shwezigon is situated between the village of Wetkyi-in and Nyaung U. It was first built by King Anaweahta then completed by Kyansittha (1084-1113). Shwezigon enshrines one of the four replicas of the Buddha tooth from Sri Lanka.

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watch_later Operation hours: 8:00-20:00

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The other three are enshrined in Lawkananda, another one in Tankyi Taung Pagoda and the last one in Tuyin Taung Pagoda. There is a local saying that if one person visits and pay homage to all these four pagodas in one day, the person will gain prosperity and fulfilment.

There is a 10-cm circular indention in a stone slab near the eastern side of the pagoda, which was filled with water to allow royal families to look at the reflection of the hti (the tip of the Pagoda) without tipping their heads backward.

The graceful bell shape of this pagoda became a prototype for virtually all later pagodas all over Myanmar. The gilded pagoda sits on three rising terraces.

Enamelled plaques in panels around the base of the zedi illustrate scenes from the previous lives of the Buddha. At the cardinal points, facing the terrace stairways, are four shrines, each of which houses a four-metre-high bronze standing Buddha.

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place Nyaung-U Township, Bagan

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