Shwemawdaw Paya

Shwemawdaw Paya

The Shwemawdaw Paya is a Pagoda in Bago, Myanmar, often referred to as the Golden God Temple.

It is the Shwemadaw which holds the record for the tallest pagoda in the country, at 375 feet, although the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon is usually credited as the tallest pagoda in Myanmar (at 98 meters - approximately 321.5ft). Shwemadaw, along with the Shwedagon and Kyaiktiyo are famous Mon pagodas.


The Shwemawdaw Paya was originally built around the tenth century, C.E. It was destroyed several times due to earthquakes, including one in 1917 and another in 1930. Portions of the fallen pre-1917 version of the Paya remain at the site. The original version of the pagoda was approximately 70 ft. tall, built by the Mon people to hold two hairs of the Buddha. Allegedly, the hairs were given personally to two Mon merchants named Mahasala and Kullasala by the Buddha on a trip to India. Tooth relics were also added to the pagoda in 982 and 1385. Further additions to the temple include a bell from King Dhammazedi, a crown from King Bayinnaung, and a spire umbrella from King Bodawpaya. The current stupa, as of its most recent rebuilding, stands at 375 ft., making it the tallest in Myanmar.



* [ Exploring the Shwemawdaw Pagoda]

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