Hsinbyume Pagoda, Mingun


Hsinbyume Pagoda, also called Myatheindan Pagoda, is located a little further along the river bank. While not as epic in dimensions as its neighbouring stars, it is striking for being unusual in design and painted entirely in white. It was built in 1816 by the son of the aforementioned King Bawdopaya. Its unique style- with the base shaped in circular terraces- is based on the seven mountain ranges surrounding Mount Meru which is a sacred mountain in Buddhist cosmology. Climbing the steps to the top will bring you to a Buddha image and an outer platform which offers great views of the surroundings.

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