Shwe Zedi Kyaung
|Country||Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar|
The Shwezedi Monastery (Burmese: ရွှေစေတီကျောင်း [ʃwè zèdì tɕáʊɴ]; lit. Golden Pagoda monastery) is a famous Theravada Buddhist monastery in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar. Founded in 1903, the monastery is one of the main Buddhist monasteries in the city.
Venerable U Ottama was a resident of the monastery during the 1920s and 1930s. He was the first political monk in the then British Burma, helping to establish a key factor in modern Burmese politics - that of political monks. He is considered one of the national heroes of Burmese independence movement.
The monastery is seen as a focal point of Burmese and Arakanese politics and the birthplace of political Buddhism in Myanmar. The monastery now runs a gratis school and an Arakanese cultural school to help the local residents.
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