Shwesandaw Pagoda (Bagan)

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Shwesandaw Pagoda
Shwesandaw Pagoda Bagan Myanmar.jpg
AffiliationTheravada Buddhism
LocationNyaung U
Shwesandaw Pagoda (Bagan) is located in Myanmar
Shwesandaw Pagoda (Bagan)
Shown within Myanmar
Geographic coordinates21°09′50″N 94°51′58″E / 21.163812°N 94.866037°E / 21.163812; 94.866037Coordinates: 21°09′50″N 94°51′58″E / 21.163812°N 94.866037°E / 21.163812; 94.866037
FounderKing Anawrahta
Completed1057; 964 years ago (1057)
Height (max)100 m (328 ft)
Spire height?
Shwesandaw Paya's original hti, toppled by an earthquake in 1975

The Shwesandaw Pagoda (Burmese: ရွှေဆံတော် ဘုရား, pronounced [ʃwèsʰàɰ̃dɔ̀ pʰəjá]) is a Buddhist pagoda located in Bagan, Myanmar. It is the tallest pagoda in Bagan, and 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].