Shwezigon Pagoda

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Shwezigon Pagoda
Shwezigon Pagoda
General information
Type Buddhist pilgrims and missionaries
Location Nyaung-U, Myanmar
Coordinates 21°11′43″N 94°53′38″E / 21.19528°N 94.89389°E / 21.19528; 94.89389Coordinates: 21°11′43″N 94°53′38″E / 21.19528°N 94.89389°E / 21.19528; 94.89389

The Shwezigon Pagoda or Shwezigon Paya (ရွှေစည်းခုံဘုရား) is a Buddhist temple located in Nyaung-U, a town near Bagan, in Burma (Myanmar). It is a prototype of Burmese stupas, and consists of a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines. Construction of the Shwezigon Pagoda began during the reign of King Anawrahta and was completed in 1102 AD, during the reign of King Kyansittha of the Pagan Dynasty. The pagoda is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha.[1]:151,156 Within the compound of the Shwezigon Pagoda is a stone pillar containing Mon language inscriptions dedicated by King Kyansittha.[2]



  1. ^ Coedès, George (1968). Walter F. Vella, ed. The Indianized States of Southeast Asia. trans.Susan Brown Cowing. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-0368-1. 
  2. ^ History of Shwezigon Pagoda
  • Pictorial Guide to Pagan. Rangoon: Ministry of Culture. 1975 [1955]. 
  • Fiala, Robert D. (2003). "Shwezigon Paya (late 11th century)". Asian Historical Architecture. Retrieved 2006-11-09. 

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