Shwesandaw Pagoda

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Shwesandaw Paya
Shwesandaw Paya's original hti, toppled by an earthquake in 1975
For the Shwesandaw Pagoda in Pyay, see Shwesandaw Pagoda, Pyay.

The Shwesandaw Pagoda (Burmese: ရွှေဆံတော်ဘုရား, pronounced: [ʃwèsʰàɴdɔ̀ pʰəjá]) is a Buddhist pagoda located in Bagan, Burma. The pagoda contains a series of five terraces, topped with a cylindrical stupa, which has a bejewelled umbrella (hti). The pagoda was built by King Anawrahta in 1057, and once contained terra cotta tiles depicting scenes from the Jataka. Enshrined within the pagoda are sacred hairs of Gautama Buddha, which were obtained from Thaton.


  • Pictorial Guide to Pagan. Rangoon: Ministry of Culture. 1975 [1955]. 

Coordinates: 21°9′50″N 94°51′58″E / 21.16389°N 94.86611°E / 21.16389; 94.86611