Shwezigon Paya Nyaung-U, Myanmar

Bagan Archaeological Zone , Nyaung-U

Legend has it that the construction site of Shwezigon Pagoda was indicated by a royal white elephant with a Buddha relic placed on its back. The pagoda was completed in 1102 and is now a model for the construction of other temples. Architects come to Bagan and study the parameters of the Shwezigon complex thoroughly before they start building the temple. There are 3 Buddha relics in it - a tooth, collarbone and a loincloth. The temple attracts a large number of Burmese pilgrims and tourists. Shwezigon Paya is a bit similar to Shwedagon of Yangon, but it is slightly smaller. In the evening, with the lights turned on and directed towards the golden stupa, it shines in the dark. At the entrance to the temple is a local market, where you can buy a souvenir or local products like sand paintings.

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